26 Oct 2020

Auckland memorial service for Joe Williams set for this week

1:51 pm on 26 October 2020

Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand will get the chance to farewell one of their beloved sons this week.

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Photo: NZ government

A former Cook Islands Prime Minister and health professional, Dr Joe Williams, died last month of Covid-19 in Auckland where he had been working as a physician.

He was 82 years old.

In a statement, the Pasifika Medical Association, of which he was a patron, said with restrictions eased, a public memorial service and community celebration of Williams' life would be held at Manukau on Thursday.

Williams was buried at a small, private service under alert level two restrictions last month.

Earlier, the former politician was hailed as a national hero during a state memorial service in Rarotonga.

The service will start at 2pm at the Vodafone Events Centre and full details including RSVP can be found on the event Facebook page entitled - Dr. Joseph Williams' Public Memorial Service.