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ROYAL MATAPULE (Speaking chief) MANAFA BURIED IN WAITAKERE, NZ.
By Takafly Brown
Fakaloto Manafa 'oe Hau (aka Leonard Philipe Vea Tupou) was buried at
Waikumete Cemetery on Monday 23rd December 2009. Aged 88 years old,
was not only a matapule (Speaking chief) of the late Queen Salote
but also a founding member of Tonga's infamous Kalapu Helepeku.
This group became famous for singing many of her Majesty's
it was jokingly expressed at Manafa (aka Leni Tupou)'s eulogy that the
procession that Leni had on returning to NZ in 1967 was a Helepeku's
book. Many renowned Tongans like former NZ Methodist church President
Presidents spoke about how knowledgeable Leni was regarding genealogy
Tonga's cultural mores.
Of significance in Manafa's Matapule appointment was that he was born
Wellington, New Zealand on 5th August 1921 before travelling with his
parents Uili & Sisilia Tupou to Tonga. " I do not know of any NZ born
people who have gained the rank of the royal household matapule"
anthropology graduate Will 'Ilolahia. " He will be sourly missed and I
saddened by the lack of media presence at his very large funeral"
His funeral service at Waikumete Chapel was packed with overseas
from USA, Australia, Tonga and many parts of NZ as far away as
One of his children Nauvai "Nelson" Tupou is a renowned South
lawyer and legal advisor to the newly formed PSA in Tonga. He has also
conducted some major ground breaking court cases on Freedom of
individual and constitutional rights.
The Fofo'anga singing group was also present provided many traditional
kakala" at the 2 night wakes in Henderson and also at the church
Monday morning. " Leni's passing away is a great lose to the Tongan
community worldwide " said one of the public servants who flew in from
just for his funeral.
For more information call Nelson 0272768653 or Takafly 0276368359
pacific islands media association
aotearoa, new zealand
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