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DEATH OF QUEEN MAKEA

END OF 40 YEAKg, B^

NAMfeS HER SUCCESSOR.

(From Our Ow^Cor^^ Ar, -n RAROT May v •Makea Takau Ariki died . lk on the Ist May Th e ill l Midl % been ailing ior'some considi^ and the end had been last two months. DuriM/* «* Makea had received Perceval, the chief if been most assiduous, and ew»Xfe' *• sible was done to alleviate W The Resident Commissioner Enian Smith, visited the PakceSV several weeks before th» 3 ani ytot with Makea when she J* kea was 72 years of S^> for 40 years. She w« apjd&ft* by the Takitumu tribe. At th Si ** her appointment she was; livine« neighbouring island of Atiu, •with 1,1, * band, the lat c Ngamaru-Aiiki WW * deceased her some six years keff-voi? the federation of the Oook Islands formed she was appointed chief of a. Federal Government by reason of £ being the oldest Ariki, but not wj? she was the senior of the Artd* wL? Makea was elected Ariki Banri ,7 nominated for the Arikiship and bef she dJed Makea expressed a "wialf C Rangi should succeed her, but this be dealt -with by the Federal Couicil It is generally anticipated that the ■Coma will uphold Makea's wish.

The body was lying in stato mw Wednesday, the 3rd May, and was viewed by numbers of the residents, and natives. The funeial took pla%»t 2 p.m. on Wednesday, amfa lam con. course followed the remains. -.; A memorial service was heid i tt» Mission Church, Avarua, the coffinw carried from the palace to the churdiS Telays of native bearers. TheßeyH.BojJ James conducted the service andjddtr. ered a sermon in Maori. The coffia mi then carried to the family cemefc •where the Eev. James addressed % Europeans. In the course of Ms t (. marks he said that Makea was.■» pat lover of goodness, purity and these qualities she herself possessed.' It reminded his hearers that sjie mo cv« the friend of Euiopeana, and she \t« always pleased to meet strangers wfo ■were visiting the beautiftri island, «d none ever left without receiving hospiUl, ity from her. It -was Makea's wuh tbt her people should derive benefit from tit Europeans, who were able to-raise them up, and he -was convinced that Makea'i greatest desire was for the white people to live here with her people, for than, and to go with them to tie hereaftet. She was an earnest Christiiin.'worker--indeed, she was a teacher of .tip', teaches —and her good influence' ras felt throughout the settlement. ;v The coffin, -which was fiijttd srith casters, -was made out of natire wood, a species of mahogany. The -Mi of the vault were covered with silks; male had been laid on the floor, and over these were native counterpanes of I3L, Th« usual tangi wah hell":' '

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DEATH OF QUEEN MAKEA, Auckland Star, Volume XLII, Issue 124, 26 May 1911

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DEATH OF QUEEN MAKEA Auckland Star, Volume XLII, Issue 124, 26 May 1911

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