Papa Motu Kora unveils his belated wife Ngatuapikepike Tutakiao BEM also known as Mama Tu’s headstone held on Saturday, January 9, 2021. 21011105.
One hundred and thirty veils were unveiled for the headstone of the late Ngatuapikepike Tutakiao BEM who was also fondly known as Mama Tu.
The “unveiling” for the headstone of the late Ngatuapikepike Tutakiao BEM was emceed by son-in-law and Matavera Member of Parliament Vaitoti Tupa, who set the programme and proceeded with impressive organised speed through the 130 veils that was done within an hour.
the beloved wife to Metuakore Kora – Papa Motu Kora and a cherished mother and
great/grandmother, passed away on January 2, 2020 at the age of 92.
the first locally trained nurse to serve as sister in charge at Rarotonga
Hospital and served in the Health ministry for 40 years.
customary “unveiling” ceremony of a headstone for a loved one involves a lot of
planning and hard work.
for the unveiling held last weekend at the family home in Matavera started soon
after Mama Tu’s burial last year. According to the family, sourcing a monument
company overseas took time and patience.
daughter Tauepa Tutakiao-Tupa contacted three companies in New Zealand and
enquiries covered: costs, time frames, stone size shape, colour, design base
size, shape, inscription, photo and graphics. She decided to go with Sanctuary
mother’s favourite flowers were tipani, pitate, tiare maori and tiare taina.
Tipani was chosen to adorn the headstone.
Maneuneu Te Kare O Te Moana Mere a Pee Tutakiao Tupa dances a tribute at the unveiling ceremony for her great grandmother the late Ngatuapikepike Tutakiao BEM. 2101106.
requirements were also discussed such as the early shipping of the headstone to
Rarotonga to ensure it would arrive before the unveiling and there were
invoices, deposits and other payments to take care of.
was assured the headstone would arrive
in Rarotonga before Christmas and she was pleasantly surprised it landed
in November, 2020.
family worked hard to cover the expenses of the memorial headstone.
there were the invitations to design, she credits Mona Tangimetua from CIPS
Fuji Image, “she is a great designer, I just emailed everything and she
finished it off to my satisfaction”.
any occasion on the island, there was the food to consider – a decision had to
be made whether to have the unveiling catered for or to cook the food
themselves. That week was the Matavera CICC Pure Ebetoma and Tupa did not want
to involve the Ekalesia.
end, the family agreed to cook the meat at home and food ingredients were given
out to families and close friends to prepare the other dishes.
said: “We were blessed as well with food donations from families and friends –
thank you so much to the cooks and for the helping hands at the umu, preparing
the chicken and pigs.”
unveiling date of January 9 neared, the family decided to wear uniformed pareu
attire that stood out amongst the guests.
florist decorated the grave site with beautiful fresh cut flowers from a
cousin’s garden, “we also acknowledge family and friends for bringing beautiful
flowers on day”.
veils of bold differing colours of cream, baby blue, pink and maroon, were a
contrast to the typical whites that are used. The colours were chosen by
Caroline Bishop to break up the usual white theme.
included Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters and Lady Tuaine Marsters,
families and friends and the community of Matavera.
special dance tribute for Mama Tu was performed by great granddaughters
Maneuneu and Te Pa Tupa followed by a delicious feast of local dishes.