BIRD: Joan (nee Shelley)

Wife of the late Harry George Bird. Mother of Andrea Joanne Bird (deceased) and Steffanie Jane Kitto.  Joan passed away suddenly after a short illness on Tuesday 5th April 2022.

Grandmother to Shayna Leigh Kitto, and Jordan Little of Dargaville and Mateus Cayle Reihma Kitto, great grandmother to Tyler-Lee, Harry Phillip, Amelia-Jane, Khloe and Casey of Dargaville.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a service at the Tui Park Bowling Club, 38 Gilcrest Street, Te Aroha on Saturday 9th April 2022 at 2pm.

Joan was a special lady who brought softness and love to everyone she encountered and will be dearly missed by her family and all.

All communications to the family C/- Broadway Funeral Home, 10 Short Street, Matamata.


Peacefully on Saturday the 2nd April 2022, aged 96 years. Youngest daughter of the late Ces and Mary-Josephine Pennell. Loving sister of the late Ces, Bill, Ness and Jack Pennell. Dearly loved by all her nieces and nephews. A funeral Service for Avis will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 6 Hohaia St, Matamata on Friday 8th April at 1pm followed by interment in Matamata cemetery.

The service will be livestreamed at

HODGKINSON, Barbara Joan (nee Gibson) 

Died peacefully on Friday 1 April 2022, aged 69 years.  Dearly loved wife of Maurice and cherished mother and mother-in-law of Edwina and Andy; Blair and Shelly and Andrew. Much loved grandma to her grandchildren and extended family.  Beloved sister of Eileen, John, Ian and Bruce and their families.  Now resting with God. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Waikato would be appreciated A Requiem Mass to commemorate the life of Barb will be held on Wednesday 6 April at 1pm at the Church of the Holy Angels, Matamata.  It will be live streamed at

 The Mass will be followed by a celebration of her life for her family and friends at her home.  A private burial will take place at a later date. 

PHILLIPS: Margaret Merle ( Margot ) (née Gibbison)

Passed away peacefully at Te Aroha and District Community Hospital on March 17th 2022.

Dearly loved wife of Tom Phillips ( deceased ) Loved mother of Anne Dunn, Colleen and Ken Aldwin, Ken and Marie Phillips, Lynette and George Santorik and Jill Greig.

Beloved Mama of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A service will be held for Margaret on Thursday 24th of March at 10.30am.  The service can be viewed via the livestream link at

All communications to the family C/- Broadway Funeral Home, 10 Short Street, Matamata or phone Ken 07 8847237

MARTELLETTI: Honorah (Nora) Mary QSM JP

Peacefully at Matamata Country Lodge 14 March 2022.  Aged 90.  Beloved wife of the late Mario, loved mother of Christopher, the late Karen, the late Lloyd, and cherished mother-in-law of Barbara and Kate. Adored Nana of Brad, Andrea and Bryce and great gran to nine.  A wonderful woman, dedicated to her family, and a lady of great faith.  A true servant to the community as recognised by her QSM award for her work and dedication . A private service is to be held on Tuesday 22nd March at 11.00am.  Please follow the live stream link:

All messages to the family C/- Broadway Funeral Home, 10 Short Street, Matamata.

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