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Maata Huira Sargeant nee Hutana ~ Maata-darlin’

July 20, 2022

27 March 1950 – 20 July 2022.  Maata passed away peacefully surrounded by Whānau at Te Nikau Mawhera.  Granddaughter of the late Ihaia & Hamiria Tainui.  Daughter of the late Riira & Rahera Hutana.  Sister of May & Geoff Collings (dec), Gus (dec) & Mavis Hutana, Rauhine Hutana (dec) Waikura Hutana (dec),Ben (dec) & Patrica Hutana, Charles & Vitu Hutana, Teone & Glenda Hutana, June & Paul Tūhuru.   Adored wife of Rueben Sargeant.  Beloved Mother of Kori Hutana (dec) & Melanie Penrose, Rebecca Sargeant & Glenn Baxter, Courtney & Chelsea Sargeant, Hamiria Hutana & Sam Ngaamo, Tania Hutana.  Treasured Taua of her 6 mokopuna, Aunty, Cousin & Friend to many.  Maata will lay in state at her daughters whare 165 Hall street Hokitika, until Monday, 25 July where the service will take place at Arahura Marae @ 11am followed by the nehu at Ruataniwha Urupa – 01 Old Christchurch Road, Arahura 7882. 

Messages to 165 Hall Street Hokitika care of Rebecca Sargeant


  1. Megan Wilson

    This is such sad news.
    Maata was such an amazing woman. So loving, caring and hard working. Her family was her greatest joy and achievement.
    Rest easy lovely lady, your work is done.
    Sincere condolences to Rueben and to Maata’s children and whanau.

    • Roni Wright

      My deepest sympathys to all Maatas family. Years at Seaview together working and laughing
      Maatas big happy personality always shone. Her love for everyone always present .Rest easy darlin. You will be missed.x x x

  2. Adele Stuart

    My Deepest Sympathy to maata’s Family.Many years we worked together at seaview .u were such a beautiful lady going to miss u Maata Darling alway’s called u that just like u always called me Della. Fly High my beautiful Friend from Della

  3. Colleen Astwood

    R.I.P Maata a lovely lady, will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to Maatas whanau…Colleen Astwood nee Blair

    • Winnie matthews

      Arohamai to the Sargent whanau,maata was 1 amazing lady,spoken softly always love been part of any sports and always had that smile and glow,R.I.P…..from the Matthews whanau

    • Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

      Sincere condolences to Rueben and whanau on your sad loss of Maata.
      Such a lovely, happy and cheerful lady.
      Our thoughts are with you all.
      RIP Maata.🌹🌹

  4. Suzanne Theyers

    So sad. Such a beautiful lady inside and out. I always enjoyed her company 🙂. Lots of love to her beautiful family. Rest in love gorgeous xx ❤️

  5. Diane and John Craig

    My sincerest condolences to Maata’s family. Maata and I were work mates for many years. May She Rest in Peace.

  6. Linda Gardyne

    A truly beautiful lady who will be dearly missed. Much love and sympathy to all the whanau. Never forgottenxx

    • Janet Hetherington

      Deepest sympathy to Maatas family she was such a beautiful lady. Rest in Peace..

    • Sharyn and Butch Symons

      Deepest sympathy to family. Spent time with Maata when Becky and our girls were marching. Had some fun trips away with her. Always provided lots of laughs and love. Rest in peace

  7. Beryl Agnew

    To Rueben and families, our deepest sympathy to you all. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time..

  8. Bev Manera


    • Dianne Ferguson

      So so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful lady. Sincerest sympathy to Reuben and whanau. Arohanui.

  9. Rose Matthews

    A beautiful wahine who will never be forgotten. RIP with your Kory now Maata.
    Condolences to Reuben and the whanau.x🌹🌹🌹

    • Carlene and Alan Packham

      Thinking of you all at such a sad time. I am sure you all have many very special memories.

  10. Lois & Kevin Stevenson

    To Rueben, Bex & family. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Maata was a wonderful lady, always friendly with a huge smile & loved by all. Rest easy Maata.

  11. Robyn Atkinson

    Condolences to Maata’s whanau. I loved working with this beautiful Wahine, with a smile, heart and personality larger than life. Rest in peace Darlin
    Robbi xx

  12. Ann Bradley

    My deepest sympathy to Rueben and all of Maata’s whanau. What a lovely lady she was. She was always so cheerful and friendly. Rest in Peace Maata.

    • Sandra and Bryan Cudmore

      Deepest condolences to Rueben and Family. Love and thoughts with you all at this very difficult time. Maata was a beautiful lady with the biggest smile that we will never forget. Fly High Heavenly newest Angel 🌷🌷🌷

  13. Faye York

    RIP Maata. Enjoyed working with Maata over many years at Seaview and earlier through schooling in Hokitika. My deepest sympathy to Maata’s whanau.

  14. Richard Cudmore

    Ruben and Maata
    Have many memories of you both while at the supermarket in my grocery days Maata used to light us up when she came in shopping always a loving and happy person
    Deepest sympathy to you all
    My she be at rest

  15. Adrienne Dimmick

    Reuben and family.
    Maata could certainly light up a room with her awesome personality and infectious smile. Our thoughts are with you all. R.I.P Maata.
    Adrienne and Tony Arnold.

  16. Jacqui Paterson and Mick Butler

    Our deepest sympathies to all of Marta’s family.

  17. Jacqui Paterson

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  18. Ngaire McGregor

    My deepest sympathy to Rueben and family for the passing of the beautiful Maata. I worked with Maata for many years at Seaview. We had many laughs and so so much fun. We both worked for Pact when Seaview closed. When there was a staff dinner Maata arrived beautifully dressed and I gave her the name of Queen of Arahura. RIP my beautiful friend.

  19. Nadia Tainui

    My thoughts are with you all. Her sparkling personality and kindness will always be remembered.

  20. Kay and Jack Davidson

    Thinking of you all at this very sad time. We know you’ll find pleasure in all your wonderful memories. Maata will be greatly missed.

  21. Penny and Arkadian Coleman

    Sending massive love to you all. Maata was an absolutely beautiful gem, inside and out, always filled with love and joy to share. Thinking of you all whanau xo

  22. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy sad to hear of Maata’s passing.

  23. Kathy Harrison

    Sincere condolences to all Maata’s Whanau at this sad time.
    I enjoyed working with Maata at Seaview over many years and her kindness, sense of fun and her beautiful smile I will always remember. RIP Maata

  24. Russell Kay Mitchell and Family

    Our thoughts are with you all, sincere Sympathy from Russell Kay and Family

  25. Charlotte Peni

    Our deepest condolences to all of Maata’s whanau. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time and we trust that you find peace and comfort as you reflect on the beautiful women that she was.

  26. Carole Jones

    My thoughts and love are with all of Maata’s family at this time of sadness. Maata was a work colleague and friend for many years Rest in peace Maata darling

  27. Jackie Breeze

    Sincere condolences to the whanau.
    Awesome lady who will be sadly missed
    Rest In Peace

  28. Cheryl Hutchison

    Sincere sympathy to Reuban and whanau in your loss of your beautiful Maata. Such a delightful colorful lovely lady. Maata you will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy. Cheryl and Brian Hutchison and family

  29. John and Glenwyn Nancekivell

    Sorry to hear of your loss Rueben and family on the passing of Maata, RIP🙏

  30. Pauline Adams

    Rueben and family sorry to hear of Maata’s passing. A lovely lady with a big smile and always a kind word. Maata will be missed my many. May she rest in eternal peace


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