Corporal Luke Tamatea (31) was today farewelled on Hahuru Marae, Onepū.

Corporal Tamatea was one of three soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan almost two weeks ago.

He arrived in Rotorua on Sunday and was taken to Hāhuru Marae near Kawerau yesterday.

The defence force personnel stayed at Rautahi Marae in Kawerau last night and attended his funeral.

 

 

 

 

 

I poroporoākihia e te iwi i a te hoia Māori nei a Luke Tamatea, toru tekau ma tahi te pakeke ki runga i te marae o Hāhuru ki Te Onepū i te rā nei.

Ko Corporal Tamatea tētahi o ngā hoia tokotoru i mate ki Afghanistan i ngā wiki e rua ki muri.

I tae te tūpapaku o Luke Tamatea ki te marae o Hāhuru inanahi nei, ā, na ōna hoa o te ope taua o Tūmatauenga i noho ki te marae o Rautahi ki Kawerau kia noho mai rātou mo tōna nehu i tū i te ata nei.