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BURIAL AT MATAKOHE O.C. WHANGAREI, this day. In the historic Matakohe churchyard, in a plot near where his brother, the former Prime Minister, lies, Rodney Coates, late chairman of the Otamatea County Council, was buried yesterday afternoon. Many Government Departments and local authorities with which the lace Mr. Coates has been associated during his 30 years of public service were represented at the graveside, in addition to neighbours and friends from a wide circle. Following a short service at the residence the funeral cortege wound slowly over the hills on its three-mile journey to the churchyard. In the Matakohe church another short service was conducted, the officiating Anglican ministers being the Rev. M. L. A. Bull, of Waiuku, and the Rev. B. Wright, of Paparoa. As the coffin was lowered into its last resting place there was heard the plaintive wail of a Maori lament as members of the Ngatiwhatua tribe paid their final respects to an honoured pakeha. •

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LATE RODNEY COATES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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LATE RODNEY COATES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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