E ngā Anahera Pono, mauria atu te wairua o tēnei pononga a koutou ki te torona o Ihowa o Ngā Mano. Nāna nei ī homai, nāna nei i tango atu. Kia whakapaingia anō tōna ingoa i ngā wā katoa, Ka hari te hunga e hinga ana i roto i te Ariki, e ai tā te Wairua, kia okioki ai rātou i roto i a rātou mahi katoa. Ihoa, Matua, Tama, Wairua Tapu me ngā Anahera Pono, ko Te Māngai hei tautoko mai āianei, ake nei, Āe. Angels of the faith, take the spirit of this servant of yours to the throne of God, who gives and takes away and we acknowledge him in all things. Those who pass in God, the Holy Spirit, shall rest in God’s care.
It is with heavy hearts we advise the passing of our father Dennis Graeme Solomon. Dad passed away peacefully at Park Haven Hospital, Mangere East on Wednesday 29th April at 12.15pm.
Dad was a man with many hats and enjoyed work over the years as a Deep Sea Skipper, a Fisherman, a Tutor, a Prison officer, a Train manager, an Apotoro Wairua and Host at Te Papa to name a few. Above everything else Dad was proud of his Moriori heritage. As a direct descendant of Tame Horomona Rehe, he dedicated much of his life toward the revival of Moriori and was very active in Moriori matters. There was no denying his passion for his people ran deep and he was always one to stand up for what he believed in.
We would like to thank the many dear whanau, friends and colleagues who were a part of our fathers life. We love and appreciate you all.
Due to the current lockdown restrictions, we will be having a private service for Dad on Monday 4th May at Tipene Funeral Home at 10:00am. A live feed will be available for those who would like to view the service online. Details and the link can be emailed to whanau who are interested, please contact us by email at [email protected]
There will also be an opportunity to view Dad on Friday 1st May between 12pm and 1pm at Tipene Funeral home in Onehunga, Auckland. Please contact us in advance as current level 3 protocols will apply. Following the service Dad will be cremated and eventually, we will return to Rekohu (Chathams Islands) as a whanau to kawe Dads mate. This will be our opportunity to celebrate his life, and for those who would like to come, you are most welcome. Dates will be determined at a later stage, when it is safe to travel.
Patricia, Kerry, Andrea, Hana-Maraea and Tara-Jan