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Te Whare Tamatea – Otakou
Photo by Megan Te Amo

Farewell for the "chief of the Kaik", Marty Taiaroa

Megan Te Amo —

Hundreds packed into Te Whare Tamatea and the marae's grounds to pay tribute and farewell the highly-respected member of Te Runanga o Otakou.

Mr Taiaroa (81) and close friend Jim Hansen (63) died when the fishing vessel they were aboard - MV Marina - was wrecked near Breaksea Sound in Fiordland last week. 

The funeral was punctuated by laughter as friends and family recalled anecdotes and memories of the man they called ‘‘Fearless Fred''.

Hope and Sons Funeral Directors were proud to be a part of Marty's farewell. See Funeral Director Gary Wybrow in the ODT image used in their article. If you would like to pay tribute to Marty or view his service sheet, please do so at www.tributes.co.nz