ʻĀpō for Mētui Fīnau will be held tomorrow Fiday 1

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Mētui Fīnau will be laid to rest on Saturday 2. Photo/Qiane Matata-Sipu.

Hundreds are expected to gather for the ʻapō (wake)  in honour of Mētui Fīnau on Friday 1 at Pulelaʻā Church in New Lynn at 7pm.

The 29-year-old Tongan musician and member of west Auckland band Spacifix died suddenly on March 24.

A coroner has yet to determine the cause of his death.

His wife Natasha Finau told Fairfax Media she was with Mētui at the time before he dies doing some fitness exercises.

“He was the life of the party, and he brought out the best in people. He wanted to celebrate whatever situation we found ourselves in, he was always looking on the bright side of life,” Natasha said.

A statement about his funeral said:

Mētui Fīnau will be laid to rest on Saturday 2. Photo/Qiane Matata-Sipu.
Mētui Fīnau will be laid to rest on Saturday 2. Photo/Qiane Matata-Sipu.

“It is with heavy hearts we notify friends and family our beloved Metui passed away suddenly on Thursday. Husband and Soulmate to Natasha, cherished son of Rev Viliami Finau and Tui’pulotu, adored brother and uncle.

“Metui will lay in state at his home in Flat Bush until Wednesday 30th March where, in the late evening, he will move to his family homestead in New Lynn.

“On Thursday 31st 7pm, an open service will take place at Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church, Margan Avenue, New Lynn.

It said the āpō will be followed  by the funeral Service on Saturday April 2, 10am at Pulela’a, followed by the burial service at Waikumete Cemetery.

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  1. Pekia e tangata hiva ʻiloa Tonga ko Mētui Fīnau taʻu 29 ʻi Nuʻu Silá ni pea ʻe fakahoko ʻa hono ʻāpoó ʻapongipongi ʻaho Falaite ko hono 1 pea tanu ʻi he ʻaho Tokonaki ko hono uá ki Waikumete.

    Ko e ʻāpoó mo hono ouau putú ʻe fakahoko pe ʻi he Falelotu Pulelaʻaá ʻi Niulini.

    Naʻe kau ʻa Fīnau ʻi he kau tuʻukimuʻa ʻo e tāmeʻa hiva leʻo tangata ko e Spacifix ʻi he West Auckland ʻa ia ne nau manako tā e ngaahi fasi funk, soul, blues mo e R&B .

    Ko e foha ʻeni ʻo Faifekau Viliami mo Tuʻipulotu Fīnau.