FINAL UPDATE: Whaea Mei has now been taken to Potahi Marae in Te Kao. Her funeral is set for 10am tomorrow - Thursday 19th November 2015.
TUESDAY 17/11/15 - UPDATE 2: As at this afternoon, whaea Mei is still laying at Pukepoto marae. We will advise any changes as they come to hand. In any event our roopu will still meet at 8.30am in Awanui prior to travelling to either Pukepoto or Te Kao.
UPDATE 1: Whaea Mei is lying at Te Rarawa marae in Pukepoto for tonight. Tomorrow (Tuesday 17th November 2015) she will be taken home to lie on Potahi marae in Te Kao.
Auē, he roimata ke heke, he hūpē ka whiua!
Whaea Mei, ka rongo mōu, ka ohorere te manawa. Nei ka noho, ka ketuketu i ngā mahara me kore noa e kitea he kupu hai tangi ki a koe ka riro nei ki Paerau. Kua tau iho rā te parekawakawa o te mate ki runga o Aotearoa whānui, ko tā te motu tāna mahi, he tangi, he auē, e hika mā e.
We have just received the news that Mei Matiu, widow of McCully Matiu, has passed through the veil to join her darling. Mei is currently lying at her home in Ahipara. She will be brought to Geards Funeral Parlour this afternoon here in Kaitaia. We will advise details of her tangi and funeral as they come to hand.
Ki te whānau pani, John, Warren, Wayne, Beano, Tāwhai ara ngā tini mokopuna, kā nui te aroha mo te hinga o tou whaea.
E Mei, haere hoki koe e te whaea ki te awhi o tou ipo me ōu tamāriki Dickie, Ossie, Demsey me Doris hoki. Nā reira e oki oki koe ki to moenga roa, ka hoki atu ki te wao o ngā tūpuna kua wehe atu. Nā reira haere, haere haere atu ra.
Ae, ahakoa haere ahau i te awaawa o te atarangi o te mate, kahore he kino e wehi ai ahau: no te mea kei tōkū taha koe; ko tau rākau, ko tau tokotoko, ko ēnā hei oranga ngākau mōkū. [Ngāwaiata 23:4]