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Bereavements, Condolences, Tributes

Last update: January 20 2021

This is a free, moderated service for Cook Islanders or others to post bereavement notices, tributes or in memoriam notices. If sending a death notice for publication, it is essential to include an e-mail address to allow checking for authenticity, otherwise the notice will not be published. Messages may be subject to editing if adjudged too long. No messages will be published if received in capitals only or in lower case letters only. All messages need to be in English. Maori must be accompanied by an English translation. Messages containing overlong biblical passages will not be published. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days). E-mail postings to Death Notices, Tributes

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Bereavement notices

January 20
SIONETALI, Willie.

Dearly beloved son, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, father-in-law, cousin, nephew, friend and beloved partner Willie Bobby Sionetali in Auckland, New Zealand. Sunrise October 22 1968, sunset January 16 2021Beloved son of Pope Bobby Sionetali and Mamata Sionetali. Loved brother of Peter Sionetali, Eric Sionetali, Marlene Pulemoana, Bobby Sionetali and Moses Sionetali. Loving father of Troy Sionetali, Latisha Sionetali, Willie Jr Sionetali, Jeremiah Sionetali, Denise Takai and Monique Pokoina. Loving grandfather of Jazarius Sionetali Perise, Lavenitesi Vaueli Sionetali, Tevesi Tavo and Aria-Harley Tavo. Beloved partner of Helen Denise Family Service Thursday January 21, 6pm at Otara Pacific Islands Congregational (PIC) Church, 2 Fergusson Road, Otara. Funeral service Friday January 22 2021 at Otara Pacific Islands Congregational (PIC) Church 2 Fergusson Road, Otara. Afterwards to Mangere Lawn Cemetery, 85 McKenzie Road, Mangere, Light refreshments to follow. All communications to Monique Pokoina 021 259 1949 Latisha Sionetali 021 132 7340.

January 16
UMAKI, Teokotai.

Beloved sister, mother, grandmother, auntie, niece, cousin, and loving friend Teokotai Turangatai Umaki, passed away in Auckland, New Zealand. Sunrise December 12 1970, sunset January 15 2021 Beloved daughter of the late Tutai-O-Rata John (mother) and Turangatai Topareia also known as Umaki John (father). Cherished partner of Akerei (Clay) Maiava. Loved sister of Tungane, Nia, Moeau, Tearii, Umaki Jr, Clerk, Kaiata, and Auntie of Tereora and Metua. Loving mum of Phyllyne Moerai, Tauii Kekena, Tevita Aleluia, Taufahema Manu and Veisinia Manu and granddaughter Tia Takau. Family service Thursday January 21 2021, 6.pm at he Cook Islands Seventh Day Adventist Church, 17 Birmingham Road, East Tamaki Auckland followed by light refreshments. Teokotai's body will be lying at the family home 72 Castlefinn Drive, Manurewa from Monday evening to Friday. For more information or to make a group booking to visit, please contact Rachel Nooroa at 021 230 5712.

January 12
MAUI, Rouruina.

Rouruina Junior Maui Sunrise November 9 1962, sunset January 11 2021 in Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand. Loving husband of Tutu (Née Marsters). Cherished father and father-in-law of Benji (Western Australia), Vina and Tama (Brisbane), Tereapii and Natasha (Brisbane),Te-Vaine and Esikeli (Porirua), Gabriel (Porirua) Adored Papa of: Samuel, Jah-Carter, Anaia, Lennox, Shamrock, Khenzis, Avaya,Cavani-Reece and Leila-Jade. Much loved son of Te-Vaine (Rarotonga) and the late Rouruina Snr. Brother and brother-in-law of the late Teokotai and Apii Mataio (Auckland),Ngatuaine (Rarotonga), the late Metua Vaine (Motua) and Baya (Tahiti), Mata and Duran Noovao (Sydney). A combined family service and funeral will be held at Gee and Hickton Funeral Home, 6 Norrie Street, Porirua at 6pm Thursday January 14 2021. This service is for those that wish to say their final farewell. On Friday January 15 2021 where a private cremation will take place for immediate families only. Please respect our decision and we wish for all those wanting to visit home to please allow us to grieve with our immediate families. Te-Vaine 02108132045, Gabriel 0212544953.

January 11
WICHMAN, Kopumaki.

Beloved Aunty Kopumaki Wichman, age 64, passed away on Saturday January 9 2021 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. Daughter of the late Tane Tino Wichman and Teau Tumupu Kea. Service details Saturday January 16 2021 at 11am, Tipene Funeral Homes, 24 Hill Street, Onehunga, Auckland, followed by refreshments at 46 Crawford Ave, Mangere Bridge, Auckland (Spectrum care home) Any queries Contact Tere Donovan on messenger or cellphone 027 475 3453.

January 5
ISAAKA, Ngarouru.

Paased away in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday January 3 2021 at age 35. Son of Mokoare Isaaka and Vavia Vaine Katuke. Husband to Leslie John Isaaka. Brother to Maryanne Arona Isaaka, Junior Mokoare Isaaka and Voou Katuke Isaaka. Dad to feeding son Devonte. Uncle, cousin and friend to many. His body will lie at Nga Hou E Wha also known as Lagoon View until his burial day. 3 Korma Lane, Panmure, Auckland. All are welcome to come spend time with Nga. Feel free to come through. However, for larger groups or religious groups who want to pay their respects please book with the contacts who will be listed below so that we have the space available. The families have planned to have the family service on Thursday January 7 2021 at 6pm. The family service will be held at the venue where his body is lying. Burial service will be held on Friday January 8 2021 at 11am at the Mormon chapel in Panmure on Pilkington Road (next to the Panmure library) Following the burial we will have Nga's last ride guided by bike riders from the Chapel in Panmure, Point England, GI, Glendowie through to Mission Bay, towards the motorway and heading to Manukau Memorial Gardens to lay Nga to rest. Afterwards a feed at the Lagoon Hall. You are more than welcome to contact any of the following for any information: Charlene John (Leslie's Sister) 022 691 5807 Elisabeta Katuke (Nga's 1st cousin) 021 268 9216.

December 30
MAKIKIRITI, David.

Beloved father/husband/uncle/brother/friend passed away in Auckland, New Zealand. Son of the late Mrs Vaianuanu-O-Ngarikietini Papae and the late Mr Tangiuritua Makikiriti Husband of Maine Taneao Makikiriti. Sunrise January 13 1964, sunset December 28 2020. He will greatly missed. Funeral arrangements family service on Wednesday January 6 at the New lynn congregational church at 6pm. Burial service on Thursday January 7 at the New Lynn congregational church at 11am, then to Manukau Cemetery where his body will be laid at his final resting place. Refreshments at the Salvation Army Church in New Lynn. His body will be coming home on Thursday evening to 2/45C Ash Street Avondale. Please ensure you park on the road. For anyone wanting to come pay their respects while he’s home please contact us first on Vai-02102344259 Richard-0211394021.

December 29
PETERS, Kikorio.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Kikorio Peters commonly known as Peter, passed away in Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday December 28 2020 aged 74. Husband of Tetuanui “Nunu” Taira Rere Wichman. Father of Vincent, Taira, the late Moses, Bubs, and Luisa. Feeding dad to Phyllis. A service will be held at the Polynesian Centre Mangere prior to his departure back to the Cook Islands. Please direct all communications to: Vincent Peters 021 1897547 Bubs Peters 027 4615908 Peters Residence 09 275 7109 Luisa Tongatama 76329 / 28644 (Rarotonga).

December 27
TAKAI, Ngatokoa.

Sunrise March 2 1954 sunset December 26 2020. Beloved son, father, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, father-in-law, Papa, also known as Kereopa, Nga/Automan/Somare/Godsgiven passed away December 26 2020 in Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. He is survived by his wife Matangaro Pokipoki Takai, all his children and his grandchildren. Family service Wednesday December 30 2020 at 6pm East Tamaki CICC Church, Dawson Road. His body will be returned to Rarotonga on January 2 2021. For more information please contact 0211431490.

December 25
SIMPSON, Te Kura Pivai.

Dear Mum, grandmother, aunty, sister passed away on Thursday December 24 2020. Beloved daughter of the late Kauvai Kakepare and Tungane Matara. Her body will be coming home to 25 Desert Gold, Ascot Park, Porirua on Sunday December 27 2020 in the evening, time to be confirmed. Her body will remain there until her funeral service which will be held on Wednesday December 30 2020, 11am at the Whenua Tapu Crematorium. For any enquiries and or bookings, please contact Pokoina Ua on 0278292811.

December 24
SAMUEL, Tuakana.

Tuakana Apera Samuel aka Tuakana Mereni passed on Saturday morning December 19 on his beloved island of Mauke, Cook Islands. Family service and funeral will be held on Saturday December 26 2020 at 10am at his residence in Rangiatea. Afterwards his body will proceed to the Matavera CICC grounds for his burial. All are welcome. For more information or any enquiries, please contact Nane Papa (Aunty Nan) - 50041.

December 22
GALE, Mathew.

Mathew Metua Gale passed away in Wellington, New Zealand. He was the son of Derek and Tokorima Gales. His body will be lying from 5pm December 23 at Ninness Funeral Home, 17 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua. Visitors are most welcome to come pay their respects. The funeral will be on December 24 2020 at 12pm at 27 Trebann Street, Saint Andrews Catholic church Newlands. From there to Karori Crematorium you are most welcome to join us for his final journey.

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