Tongan Ex-All Blacks mother dies

UPDATED 12/08: Former All Blacks number 8 ‘Isitolo Maka’s mother, died. Mother of 14 children, one adopted child and 53 grandchildren ‘Ana Ma’ulupe Hone Maka died in her Walmsley residence in Mangere on Monday 4 after a long time battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held at the St Theresa’s Catholic Church tomorrow where hundreds mourners are expected.

The families have arranged for the 76 year old grandmother’s coffin to be carried by her makapuna according to the family.

She will be buried at  Waikaraka Cemetery in Onehunga Suburb on Saturday 10.

In a comment by one of her nieces on Facebook she said:

“…my beautiful Aunty Ana Manulupe Hone Maka   (tears tears) thankyou for all you have done for me , and my family ill always remember how you use to babysit me , and my siblings sometimes in our diaper days. After your husband hone died you took on the role of keeping our maka side together , and we are so greatful for that. My heart goes out to all the people Ana has , influenced and come across ….You will be dearly missed# god has gained an angel R.I.P aunty ana.”

‘Ana Ma’ulupe hailed from the island of Pukotala in the Ha’apai groups and married to Hone Maka of Longoteme, Tongatapu, Tonga Islands.

Note: We had an earlier incorrect version of this article that said ‘Ana Ma’ulupe Maka would be buried at Mangere Cemetery & Crematorium. She was buried at Waikaraka Cemetery in Onehunga suburb.

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