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Desmond (Des) Mahuika

September 7, 2022

On September 7, 2022. Peacefully at Kahurangi Dementia Unit, Greymouth, surrounded by family. Aged 79 years. Loved father of Terry, Leeanne, Warren, Crystal, and the late Gary & Cheryl. Loved grandad of his 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Loved brother of the late Colin. Messages C/- PO Box 162, Hokitika 7842. A Service to celebrate Des’ life will be held at All Saints Church, Bealey Street, Hokitika, on Tuesday 13th September, commencing at 11am. Private cremation to follow.

Family and friends are invited to attend a service to lay Des’s ashes to rest, with his son Gary. The service will be held in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery on Thursday September 7, commencing at 11.00am. 


  1. Adele Stuart

    To all of Desey’s family my Deepest Sympathy to you all R.I.P my friend. Fly High Des

  2. Linda Gardyne

    Much love to all Des’s whanau. An awesome family friend. Gone to a better place.xxxx

  3. Gina Straker nee Blair

    Fly high with angels 😇 des, reunited with your whanau , all my love and thoughts with whanau xx

  4. Colleen Astwood

    Resting peacefully now in the loving arms of Carrie, Jack and Colin. I dont think i ever heard him or Col ever say mum or dad. I hope they had a beer and guitar waiting for you my friend. R.I.P Des I know you are in a better place ❤️❤️ Colleen

  5. Tarn Murtha

    Condolences to the Mahuika family. May you find comfort in special memories shared.

    • Rachel Willoughby

      RIP Desy, deepest condolences to all his whanau.

    • Marie Olson

      Condolences to Crystelle an Whanua,R.I.P. Des,fly high,,

  6. Shirley Robinson

    RIP Des. Much aroha and deepest sympathies to all of his whanau.

  7. Murray and Shona Marshall

    Rest In Peace Des, Sympathy to his family

  8. Fiona Pollard

    Rest in peace Des, big hugs to the family xx

    • CaroleJones

      Fond memories of Des. Sympathy to all his family.RIP Des

  9. Liz Mehrtens

    Rest in peace Des your smile will never be forgotten.

  10. Rosemary Matthews

    Condolences to the whanau RIP Des.
    Arohanui, Rose n Rex Matthews.xx❤️🌹❤️

  11. Sheri Wright

    RIP Des..
    Such good memories of our times shared at Bruce Bay and the so loved a good sing along.
    Cheers to you my friend.

  12. Cheryl and Brian Hutchison

    Sincere sympathy to Des’s whanau. Many great memories left by Des in his music entertaining us all way back when.
    RIP Des. Fly high.

  13. Vicki and Allen Hurley

    Condolences to all.
    Worked with Des at Westland Greenstone for a few years, lovely man who was great to work with.
    RIP Des.

  14. Lynette Henham(Long)

    Rest in peace Des condolences to all the whanau

  15. Suzanne Stuart

    I am so sorry for you loss. I remember him well. ❤️

  16. Annie Hetherington

    Much love to all family. Still have his chilly bin he left here before his medical condition. RIP old friend. With fond and amazing memories RIP Tutu

  17. Donna Blair

    I feel like you’ve been waiting to join the whanau in heaven whom I’m sure will welcome you with open arms. I loved that you always came to chat and visited me in Rotorua when visiting your moko. We will miss you but know it’s your time. RIP xx love to all our cousins and whanau xx

  18. Amanda Bourke

    Rest easy Des, condolences to the whanau x

  19. Kelvin Leach

    Sincere Condolences To Des Family.
    A well loved and respected man.
    Many years ago, I worked with Des at Westland Greenstone many years ago.

  20. John and Yvonne Vroblfski

    Sorry to here of the passing
    of Des .he was a life time friend and a workmate for many years Rip mate

  21. Rob Thorpe

    RIP Des, a good family friend.
    To all of Des’s Whanau our blessings & thoughts are with you all.
    From the Thorpe family.

  22. John Nancekivell

    Our condolences from the Nancekivell family, I remember well the Sunday sessions with Musical intercessions at the Woodstock, what good times we had! RIP. Des

    • Barbara Vaea


  23. Sue Tozer

    R.I.P Des. Sincere condolences to your family. Remembering you from my days at Westland Greenstone. A good bugger now at peace.

  24. Jean Marie Mason

    Deepest sympathy to Terry Leeanne and the sad loss of your loved dad .Fond memories of Des..Good old Kaniere Folk.Carrie Jack and Colin.Your suffering is over and now it’s time rest……………Jean Marie (Hutchison)Mason.


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