In the early hours of this morning, we had the privilege of gathering in Pōneke and Rotorua to honour the appearance of Matariki through Fire and Emergency New Zealand's first hautapu ceremonies.

As mentioned in yesterday’s article on Matariki, today is the official date to recognise the star cluster as its appearance in the sky marks the beginning of Māori New Year.

 

 

The hautapu ceremony gave us an opportunity to gather, reflect on the year that has been and give thanks by cooking kai, the steam of which rose into the sky to feed Matariki.

This is a time of year that many Māori remember those who have passed since the last rising of Matariki. We all took time saying the names of our friends and whānau who have passed as well as those within our organisation. By acknowledging them they are able to join the stars and be looked forever after by Matariki.

Below are the names of those we would like to acknowledge who have left us since the last rising of Matariki in July 2020;

       

Barney McEnaney

17/06/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Greymouth

Tim Bennion

 

02/06/2021

Simulation Trainer

National Training

Melvyn Hintz

 

28/05/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Te Puke

Dave Jenkins

 

04/05/2021

Firefighter

Hamilton

Bryan Farquharson

 

03/05/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Rissington

Richard Nehoff

 

21/04/2021

Deputy Chief Officer

Kurow

Shane Harnett

 

16/04/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Hāhei 

David Gaunt (Gaunty)

 

14/04/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Onewhero

Wyvern (Rick) Rickaby

 

08/04/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Silverdale

Richard (Dick) Prendergast

 

04/04/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Ikamatua

Eric Martin Miller

 

26/03/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Tūākau

Arthur Sturmfels

 

11/03/2021

Chief Fire Officer

Kawakawa 

Graeme Phillips

 

07/03/2021

Station Firefighter

Pātea

David Ward

 

06/03/2021

 Volunteer Firefighter

Waiwhare

Gavin Haig

 

18/02/2021

Chief Fire Officer

Gore

Peter Auton

 

12/02/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Invercargill 

William (Bill) Bambery

 

11/02/2021

Station Officer

Newlands

 

       

Gordon (Bo) Simpson

 

11/02/2021

Qualified Firefighter

Timaru

Phillip Pullar

 

09/02/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Pukerau

Bruce Stevenson

 

04/02/2021

Volunteer Firefighter

Riversdale

John Gunn

 

03/02/2021

Rural Fire Officer

Kohi

Rose Baker

 

03/02/2021

Brigade Support

Kaitāia

Roger Parsons

 

02/02/2021

Chief Fire Officer

Hororata

Humana (Boots) Haronga

 

19/01/2021

Operational Support Firefighter

Shannon

Warren Webby

 

15/01/2021

Operational Support Firefighter

Motueka

Helen Hof

 

29/12/2020

Brigade Support

Omokoroa

Carol Newcombe

 

18/12/2020

Brigade Support

Ngongotahā 

Kevin McIntosh

 

16/12/2020

Divisional Officer

Gisborne

Michael George Law

 

08/12/2020

Senior Firefighter

Kaiwaka

Toni Bell

 

04/12/2020

Brigade Support

Reefton

John Charles Graham

 

04/12/2020

Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Browns

Colin Strickland

 

30/11/2020

Senior Firefighter 

Ōtaki 

Mike Mosby QSM

 

25/11/2020

Brigade Support

Paihia

Ian Scott (Scotty)

 

20/11/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Plimmerton

Tom Cameron

19/11/2020

Deputy Chief Fire Firefighter

Greymouth

Brett ‘Bos’ Bosley

 

18/11/2020

fire force Controller

Lake Tarawera 

Rex Burch

 

13/11/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Ngūnguru

Natasha (Tash) Brown

 

12/11/2020

Senior Firefighter 

Hawkes Bay

Charlie Turanga

 

06/11/2020

CFO

Kaingaroa

Richard John (Dick) Herkt

 

04/11/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Blenheim

Mike Clark

 

30/10/2020

Senior Firefighter

Porirua 

Tim Hefford

 

28/10/2020

Deputy Controller

Wainuiomata

Gary Murdoch

 

28/10/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Dargaville 

Andrew (Roo) Murray

 

23/10/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Ōhakune

Dave Woodward

 

23/10/2020

Senior Fire Commander

Auckland

Thomas (Tommy) Dawson

 

21/10/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Kākānui 

Dianne MacFarlane

 

19/10/2020 

Course Coordinator 

National Training

 

       

Michael (Mike) O'Shea

 

15/10/2020

Firefighter and trainer

Hawkes Bay

David Bolch

 

12/10/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Cromwell

Jeffrey (Jeff) Halmshaw

 

01/10/2020

National Property Advisor

Queenstown

 

James Henry (Jim) Johnson

 

29/09/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Mossbur

Myles Batt

 

28/09/2020

Volunteer Firefighter

Invercargill

Ben Goddard

 

28/09/2020

Chief Fire Officer

Ōhakune 

 

Rodger Beatson

 

24/09/2020

Chief Fire Officer

Ahipara 

Frank Taylor

 

22/09/2020

Senior Firefighter

Rūnanga 

 

       

Alistair Henderson

 

26/08/2020 

Fire Engineer

Christchurch

 

Mike Houghton

 

25/08/2020

Firefighter

Hutt-Wairarapa 

Donald Clode

 

19/08/2020

Firefighter

Invercargill 

Ronald (Ron) Charles Burns

 

31/07/2020

Firefighter

Tiraumea 

Cyril Tamati

 

18/07/2020

Firefighter

New Plymouth 

Ray Beech

17/07/2020

Chief Fire Officer

Mercer

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