He Aituā – John Chadwick
Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā
Ngā manaakitanga, hinga he totara teitei o te wao nui a Tāne
Ka taka te kapua pōuri kia tātou katoa mo te wehenga o te tangata nei
He mihi maioha, he mihi aroha ki tana hoa wahine a Steve, ā, ki te whanau pani katoa
Tēnā koutou katoa
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of John Chadwick. As a founding member of THRMoA, he has been a driving force, a visionary, mentor, kaitiaki, entertainer, and keeper of our kōrero. In recognition of his outstanding service to THRMoA, he was our first life member.
John will be terribly missed. A heart so ready to serve has now stopped beating, however his legacies will endure in his whakapapa, his mahi, and in his dreams and visions for us THRMoA. At this time of immense loss our thoughts and blessings are with Steve and their tamariki, mokopuna and wider whānau and hapū who are grieving.
John will lie at his home in Rotorua until Monday 29 May 2017 when he will be taken to Te Papaiouru Marae at 9am. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at 11am, followed by cremation.
Our Co-Presidents, Tavake and Ophir, will take an ope to John’s home tomorrow, Sunday 28 May 2017 at 1pm. For those of you travelling from Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau please meet at McDonald’s Bombay Hills at 9.30am to convoy south. Those of you travelling from elsewhere, please meet at 12 noon at McDonald’s opposite Bidois St on State Highway 5 as you enter Rotorua from the north.
THRMoA will also take an ope onto Te Papaiouru marae at 9am on Monday 29 May 2017. For those able, please gather outside Te Papaiouru Marae at Ōhinemutu at 8am. Please be ready with our waiata tautoko.
For those of you looking for a local marae bed on Sunday night, please contact Ana Morrison or one of our other Te Arawa rōia. E hoa mā, please travel safely as we go to farewell our rangatira.
Please contact Tavake Afeaki on 021 828 253 if you have any pātai.
Haere atu rā e te rangatira, hoki atu ki a rātou mā okioki ai.