Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki 1937-2020

Tuesday July 21, 2020 Written by Published in Culture
Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki’s casket processes through the streets, led by his widow Shirley, and Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters and Lady Tuaine Marsters. DANILO REYES / ISLAND CAPTURE.CK 750_9388 Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki’s casket processes through the streets, led by his widow Shirley, and Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters and Lady Tuaine Marsters. DANILO REYES / ISLAND CAPTURE.CK 750_9388

Hundreds of mourners turned out to farewell and lay to rest Ariki Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki at Taputapuatea yesterday. 

The casket carrying the late Ariki Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki was carried through the streets yesterday, in a procession led by his grieving widow Shirley.

The first service was held at the Taunga Manu Palace Vakatini palace at 9 o’clock in the morning.

The funeral procession and pall bearers carried his casket to the nearby Cook Islands Christian Church service for the final service.

Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki is laid in his final resting place, in the burial ground near the church. DANILO REYES / ISLAND CAPTURE.CK

Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki was then carried back to the main road with several changes of pallbearers through to the entrance of Taputapuatea to the burial ground near the church.

Flags draped over his casket included the Cook Islands flag, and the Cook Islands Police Service flag – recognising his long connection to the police.

He was born on June 7, 1937. He passed away on July 16, at the age of 83.

Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki was invested with the title in 1997; he is survived by his wife Shirley, his five children, Robyn, Rosanna, Jo-Ann, Joseph, Phillip and their families.

Soon after his burial his son Phillip was invested as the new Makea Vakatini Ariki.

A feast was served at the Sinai hall nearby.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Dave ParkerNZ Tuesday, 21 July 2020 13:02 posted by Dave ParkerNZ

    Rich Blessings Makea Vakatini Ariki....We are proud of you Phillip and I send the love of our family. May you uphold the responsibility and tradition therewith accorded and invested.

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