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Bereavements, Condolences, Tributes

Last update: September 29 2014

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publication, it is essential to include an e-mail address to allow checking for authenticity, otherwise the notice will not be published.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 Messages containing overlong biblical passages will not be published. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days).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

September 28 2014
PUTAI, Vane Tuainekeu Ioane. Born December 21 1942. Passed away suddenly on September 27 2014 at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. Dearly loved husband of Tuvaine. Loved and respected father and father-in-law of Akemaine and Michael, Vane Jnr, Ngatungane, Anthony and Terena. Adored grandfather of Sharlamina, Jazmin, Jaydin and Victoria. Great-grandfather of Christian Anthony and Khyrien Dayne. Memorial Service at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 30 Hall Avenue, Mangere on October 3 at 11am.

September 28 2014
TOKA, Kaaere Matangaro Ite Aonei (Mama Kaa). Passed peacefully at home in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday September 23 2014. Cherished wife of the late Papa Mamaiti Toka (deceased). Much loved mother of Tuakana, Toarere, Merry, Harry Ata (deceased) and Karen. Very much loved grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Mama's body is lying at 215B Robertson Road, Mangere. Family service Tuesday September 30 2014 at 6pm at Hall Ave, Mangere (Mangaia Site). Funeral service Wednesday October 1 2014 at 11 am at Mangaia Site (Hall Ave). For further details please call Toarere on 09-972-4799.

September 19 2014
CRUMMER, Ironui alias Iro. Passed away in Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand in the afternoon of Friday September19 after a very long illness. He was the last surviving son of mama Uraiata and papa Teoe Crummer. He will be missed by all his sisters, nieces, nephews, family and so many friends. Please contact 09404798 42 Eppings Place Glen Innes Auckland. Special appreciations to all the Auckland staff for the care that you have extended to our brother. God bless.

September 18 2014
TANGIMATE, Matamaru Tangiiti. We are saddened to announce that Matamaru Tangiiti Tangimate passed away peacefully in Auckland, New Zealand, on the morning of Wednesday September 17 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved son of the late Tangiiti and Rangi Tangimate. Brother of Nana (Ngametua), Vaevae, Ngapoko, Teremoana, Tangimate, Apana, Tapeka, Enoka, Ngatamariki, David (deceased), Vaine, Apii, Rosalind, Tangi and Marcel and uncle of many nieces and nephews. Family service at Ann's Funeral Home' at 11c Bolderwood Place, Wiri, Sunday September 21 at 4pm and funeral on Monday September 22 at 11 am at the same venue. Contact: Vaine Nganu - 092678814. Rosa 021306380 or Enoka 02108259278.

September 16 2014
COWAN, George. Passed away September 13 2014 on Rarotonga. Educated at Wanganui Technical College and Auckland University. George was a highly-respected long-time friend and godfather to our first daughter. He was a town planner and land surveyor who contributed greatly to the infrastructure and economic development of the Cook Islands during the past 50 years. George was a devoted leader of the Mauke Island community. His wonderful friendship will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy to Julia and family. Rest in peace George. Te Atua te Aroa. Sir Barry Curtis, Mayor of Manukau 1983-2007.

September 12 2014
NOOAPII, Corbett. Born on the April 20 1964, passed away at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday September 9 2014, after a short illness. Son of the late Nooapii and Mama Reo Tetamanu. Most loving partner of Ake Heather, precious Dad to his son's Berman and David. Will be greatly missed by all his family, work colleagues, and the many friends who he associated with while playing sport. Family service at the Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church, corner of Lyncroft and Buckland Road, Mangere on Monday September 15 2014 at 7pm. Funeral service at the same church on Tuesday 11am followed by burial at Mangere Lawn Cemetery.

September 7 2014
BISHOP, Te-otu-o-terangi (mama Otu). Born January 24 1940. In loving memory of our Mum, Nana and Great Nan who passed away peacefully at home in Auckland, New Zealand, on Thursday morning September 4 2014. Family service 6pm Monday September 8 2014 at the PIPC church, Ferguson Road, Otara. Funeral service Tuesday September 9 2014, 10am at the church above. Mum's body will be laid to rest at Manukau Memorial Gardens. All contacts: Home 09-2729937 or Kopu 021-045-7805.

August 31 2014
TANGAROA ELIA, Teokotai-o-Taiura. Aka Ratete. Born January 1 1957, Ureia, Aitutaki, passed away on August 29 2014 in Hamilton, New Zealand, aged 57. Son of the late Tangaroa Elia and Anna Nootu Teareuna of Aitutaki (deceased). Feeding son of uncle Uta Elia and Hina i te kumi Tonga (both deceased). Beloved husband of Te Owai Matuakore Joy Collier. Cherished and loving dad of all his children Robert, Steven, Bridget, Ina i te Kumi Tonga, Parenikau, Karani and Taiura and their partners and all the grandchildren. Loving brother of Mary and John Tini (deceased), Ruth and Teinakore George Turori (both deceased), James and Sharon (Tauranga), Nicholls (deceased) and Durl (Manaia), Putoko and Tuakana (Porirua) Makea and Akapoe (deceased) (Wellington) Tangaroa (deceased), Anna and Tua Iobu (Auckland), Joseph (Ureia) Rangi and Teke Tairi (Arorangi). Adored uncle of all his nephews and nieces. His body lies at his home 6 Cassidy St, Hamilton. Family service at his home on Monday September 1 at 7 pm. Funeral service will be at same address on Tuesday September 2 and afterwards to the crematorium.

Tributes, Condolences, In Memoriam

September 13 2014

WICHMAN, Ernest. We would like to send our deepest love and sympathy to the family and friends of Ernest Wichman at this very sad time. Ernest was a very special and loved friend to many here in New Zealand, specially so to his tight group that go back many years. With heavy hearts we say farewell to a special pal, wish we could be there. RIP Ernz. The Perkins-Gordon Family New Zealand.

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Revised: September 29 2014