29 Sep 2009

Funeral for Sir Howard to be held today

8:07 am on 29 September 2009

An estimated 5000 people are expected to attend the funeral service for Sir Howard Morrison in Rotorua on Tuesday morning.

The 90-minute service will be held on Te Papaiouru Marae at Ohinemutu and will be conducted by the Anglican Bishop, Ngarahu Katene.

It will include a eulogy from Sir Howard's daughter Donna, readings from other family members and a tribute in song from his son, Howard junior. Dame Malvina Major will also sing.

The service begins at 11am. The address will be given by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.

After the funeral, the family will hold short prayer service before the cortege, led by a group of warriors, travels through central Rotorua to the Kauae Cemetery for the burial.

Monday night concert

Waatea News reports a concert at the marae on Monday night included many who had shared a stage with Sir Howard, including Tina Cross, Bety and Ryan Monga, Frankie Stevens, Suzanne Donaldson, and Howard Morrison junior.

John Rowles says he was inspired to become a singer after seeing the Howard Morrison Quartet in his home town Kawerau when he was 10.

Sir Howard died on Thursday, aged 74.

No reira, e Ta Howard Morrison, moe mai ra, takoto mai ra, haere ki te kainga o nga matua tipuna, haere, haere, haere e hoki, kaati.