Slain for­mer de­tec­tive laid to rest

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A for­mer de­tec­tive killed in Hawaii has been laid to rest at the Manukau Memo­rial Gar­dens.

Joshua Li­ava’a, 66, was farewelled at the week­end by fam­ily mem­bers and the com­mu­nity in One­hunga.

His son, Glen Innes health worker Joseph Li­ava’a, says a po, or Ton­gan wake, was held at a Mor­mon church on Cap­tain Springs Rd on Fri­day night.

The fu­neral was held on Sat­ur­day morn­ing at the same lo­ca­tion.

Joseph says his fam­ily holds no ill-will to­wards the rel­a­tive ac­cused of his fa­ther’s mur­der.

Hon­olulu po­lice have charged 18-year-old Sa­muela Mataele with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, news web­site Kaniva Pa­cific re­ports. Joshua Li­ava’a died on June 15. Joseph re­turned from Hawaii last week. His fa­ther’s body was re­turned to New Zealand two days later. Joshua Li­ava’a was be­lieved to be the first Pa­cific Is­land de­tec­tive se­nior sergeant in New Zealand.

He was based at the cen­tral Auck­land po­lice sta­tion dur­ing the 1970s through to the mid-1980s.

‘‘There weren’t that many Pa­cific Is­land peo­ple in New Zealand at that time,’’ Joseph says.

He says his fa­ther had a great mem­ory. He could re­mem­ber spe­cific de­tails about peo­ple he worked with dur­ing his time with the po­lice.

Joshua Li­ava’a, of Man­gere, was a well-re­spected rugby league player. He played for both NZ Ki­wis and NZ Maori teams – the lat­ter for five years de­spite hav­ing no Maori her­itage, Joseph says.

Joshua Li­ava’a moved to New Zealand in 1966 on a Ton­gan gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ship for high school students. He at­tended Auck­land Gram­mar, as did three of his sons.

Joshua Li­ava’a had re­tired and moved to the United States three years ago. He leaves be­hind wife Vic­to­ria. Joseph says his fa­ther was a lov­ing man, ‘‘al­ways look­ing for any ex­cuse to help any­one’’.

Joseph Li­ava’a

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