Carmen Rupe’s live to be celebrated next month


AUCKLAND New Zealanders will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the Mother of Equality and New Zealand icon, entrepreneur, and inspiration, Carmen Rupe, (Ngati Maniapoto) at a maumahara (memorial service) in Auckland on Saturday, 11 February 2012. Carmen passed away peacefully in the presence of friends and family on 15 December 2011 and was buried, in accordance with her wishes, in Sydney’sRookwoodMaori Cemetery

The New Zealand memorial will be held at the centrally located Auckland church of St-Matthew-in-the-City and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Jordon Harris, a taktatapui community member and one of the organisers, says the memorial is an opportunity for people to gather and pay their respects to one of New Zealands most respected and successful transgender legends. Many wh?nau and friends were able to farewell Carmen in Sydney and this is an opportunity for people in New Zealand to do the same. Some of her close friends from Sydney are coming too and they will be bringing her portrait which was used at the tangi in Sydney.

The service has been organised by Carmen’s whanau, close friends, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) and Mika Haka Foundation.

Carmens many friends and admirers are invited to join the Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust(CRMT) page on Facebook, where a group of Carmens closest friends and the Executors of Carmens Estate are seeking input and ideas from the wider community regarding how the CRMT might come together tocelebrate Carmens life, perpetuate her legacy and do charitable work in her name for years to come. Friends of Carmen can join the facebook page and/or email directly to thecarmenrupememorialtrust@gmail.comfor further details.

E te kuia, e te wahine rongonui o Ngati Hari

Haere ki a ratou ma, haere ki te waka o te Kaihanga

Haere, haere haere atu ra


  • Maumahara ki Carmen Rupe

Saturday, 11 February 2012


St Matthew-in-the-City

Corner of Hobson and Wellesley Streets

Auckland 1010

  • An after-memorial celebration of Carmens life will be held at K RoadsDNA Bar, 9pm-12am and thenFamily Barfrom 12am.


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