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  1. Love to my family in Melbourne during this time Uncle Ricky will be missed. He is much loved by many and waits for us all until we meet again Uncle Ricky say hi to my dad tell him I miss him all my love to Auntie Marie , Brent ,Tracey, Damian Lincoln and all their families xx

  2. To all of Rick’s Family,
    Derek (neighbour and mate) was privileged to be invited to the “Celebration of Rick’s Life” and deeply moved by the service.
    Rick and Derek had similar interests (collecting stuff) and helped each other out with their trades. If either of them needed a tool or a fitting they would knock on each others door (it was as easier & cheaper than a trip to Bunnings). Rick’s visits to our home came with many very interesting stories of his adventures. When I was travelling to New Zealand on two occasions Rick was very helpful when planning my travels. He was very generous and always wanted to give us something that he’d made. It was a pleasure to have known Rick and he will be missed.
    I was so pleased I could watch his wonderful “Farewell” livestream and to learn so much more about Rick from his proud family.
    Sincere condolences to Marie, Lincoln and all his Loved Ones.
    Derek and Helen Cowen

  3. Na Tane i toko, ka mawehe, a rangi raua ko Papa nana i tauwehea ai, ka heuea te Po , ka heuea te Ao

    Takoto mai takoto mai Whaea raua to whanau katoa .Kia kaha kia kaha ra haeremai taku hoa Te rangatira toa ki to tupuna i te rangi i tu na.

    Ataahua te tangihanga mo tatau rangatira Kia Ora Kia Ora Ra .Ricky being a man of not ONLY strength with in the sinews and muscles of the body ,but with in the values of his ETHICS and INTEGRITY and of the Aroha emmulating from with in. I and my WHANAU stand proud on our whenua that we stand that we had the privilige to have been friends to him ,to you Marie and your whanau katoa.BLESS YOU ALL.

  4. Dear Marie and all the Karaitiana Family, this is Bruce Moore, (now living in England), Rick’s class mate from the Linwood Primary school, (Christchurch), where we both played tennis for the school.
    I thank you all for allowing me the privilege of witnessing Rick’s funeral service, during which I was greatly impressed by all of the family tributes, very moving.
    How fortunate you were to have a full size funeral, as here in the UK we are limited to a maximum of ten people and only outside the chapel, because of the dreadful Coronavirus rules imposed by the Government.
    Hold his memories in your hearts, Rest in Peace Richard.

  5. Indeed a Totara has fallen!
    In rewatching the service the scope of Ricks life is massive and global. His roots are strong and foundation solid as those who follow can grow and spread further after being sheltered and cared for under his many branches.
    He will be remembered as a smiling hard working man, loved by many and admired by more.
    Kia Kaha Marie and whanau
    Arohanui Andrea Te Pairi and whanau

  6. What a beautiful service and great photos of uncle Ricky, hold on to your memories of him and let them guide you during this time of sadness…
    love you all
    RIP uncle Ricky xxx

  7. Thanks for the opportunity to attend cousin Rick’s funeral vicariously while I’m stuck here in New Zealand. The aroha is palpable. As Philip Larkin concluded in his poem Arundel Tomb – “Our almost-instinct almost true: What will survive of us is love”.

  8. Kia ora whānau,
    Thank you for sharing stories of uncle and allowing us to be a part of his farewell.

    I connected with uncle Ricky at uncle Bob’s tangi and I loved him right away. We talked about our whakapapa among other things and I’m truely grateful to have been able to spend time with him.

    Our sincere condolences,
    Tamara Kingi (née Karaitiana) and whānau xxx

  9. Kia Ora, Marie & The Karaitiana Whanau, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of Rick’s Service today. It was special hearing the reflections of Tracey, Brent, Damian, Georgia Christian & Daniel including Billy Karaitiana memories. Bryan Pukepuke for putting together the video, the Haka for the send off & Australian petals to put on the casket. E noho ra Richard Karaitiana. Arohanui to You All Ani

  10. To Marie and family

    Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Rick is a special part of my life and always will be.
    There are not many people as honest, sincere and generous of spirit as Rick.
    I know he enjoyed our chats about family as I did also. But the single most thing I love about Rick was his warmth and gentleness for such a hard working man.
    In a lot of ways he reminds me of my own dad,
    always wanting to extend a hand without hesitation.

    I’m sure if I asked him, he would have given me his last lollie.

    Sincerely

    Shelley and Bill

  11. Ngā mihi whānau, it was a lovely service and a privilege to be able to share in your memories of uncle Rick. Kia kaha whānau, ka nui te aroha ki a koutou katoa, Lamorna and Aunty Peti xxx

  12. Thank you for inviting us to Rick’s funeral. It was good to be able to share this with you all.

    It was really special to hear all of your memories of Rick and his life. He was incredibly generous and loved his family. He had a very full life and had the gift of friendship always. Dad and Mum always felt incredibly close to Rick and to you Marie. Arthur was Rick’s uncle, but was only 13 years older. He was really like a big brother, as much as an uncle.

    We will all miss him.

    Arohanui and
    Much Love
    Deb and Mark and Susannah

  13. Kia Ora Marie, Tracey, Brent, Damian, Lincoln and moko.

    A beautiful service, I loved the photos and the stories of Uncle Rick that I’d never heard before. I had always thought of Rick as the strong quiet type and now I know how true that was.

    Love to you all, Arohanui Chris and whanau.

  14. I still have old back and forth emails saved from conversations with you Uncle Ricky, thank you for your always supportive words. I am also grateful I had some time with you at Uncle Bobs tangi. Big love and hugs to you Aunty Marie, Brent, Tracey, Damian, Lincoln and our extended whanau. xxx

  15. A wonderful celebration and fitting service for a beautiful person we were privileged to have known.

  16. Please accept our sincerest condolences and warmest thanks to be able to be a part of this lovely service for Rick.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Michael, Michelle and Jordan Crofts

  17. Heartfelt condolences to all whanau at this most difficult of times.
    Rest easy Uncle. You shall be sorely missed. Arohanui, RIP x

  18. Rest in peace big Rick…so sorry to the family but maybe he had a lucky escape from the world’s troubles…c u in the big beyond.
    Lovely service and songs folks.
    -Mandy & Andy

  19. Thank you so much for enabling me to join with you in saying good bye to a very special tane. It was a privilege to hear the stories and learn more about his adventures and amazing life. Arohanui to you all.
    Kath Norton, Wellington NZ

  20. Beautiful emotional speech about your Dad Damian. You must be very proud of him and him of you. Take care.

  21. May the Lord bless and keep you all. Thanks for the beautiful tributes to Rick. We learned many treasured things about him through the service, including relating to some common family traits like “this might be useful…”.

    Love and best wishes,

    Gord & Diane Walford
    Ottawa Ontario Canada
    (Diane & Rick are second cousins)

  22. Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane…

    Ko ta matou maaramatanga tino hohonu i tenei wa, a ka mohio kei te kore e rukea i roto i o koutou ngakau kaore e tino kapi, kaore ano hoki.

    E te matua keke, kia maeneene to haerenga ki raro o raro o raro o Irakakau, me whakahohahia koe me o tipuna ki o raatau awhi aroha.

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