Fallen Atiu warrior returns home

Thursday September 10, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Tupuna Rakanui (left) and pall bearers after Nandi Glassie’s funeral service at the St Joseph’s Cathedral yesterday morning. 20090912/11 Tupuna Rakanui (left) and pall bearers after Nandi Glassie’s funeral service at the St Joseph’s Cathedral yesterday morning. 20090912/11

Hundreds of people turned up at Nandi Tuaine Glassie’s funeral service on Rarotonga yesterday, held at the St Joseph’s Catholic cathedral.

Born on May 21 1951 on the island of Atiu, shortly after the mass, he was returned to his home island.

Glassie was educated at Atiu Primary School, Tereora College followed by St Stephen’s School in Auckland.

He was a Cook Islands government minister between 2010 and 2018, and held the portfolios of Health and Justice.

Some of Glassie’s notable achievements were being at the forefront of a 10-year Health workforce plan launch and his work on mental health.

Government officials depart Rarotonga today to attend his burial in the village of Areora.

Glassie passed away on Friday September 4 after a brave battle with cancer.

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