LATA Rev. Sione Sunia Fainga'anuku (John)

Peacefully into the arms of his Lord at home in Nelson surrounded by his loving family on Sunday 3 October, 2021; aged 70 years.

Cherished husband of Mattie for 40 beautiful years. Beloved father and father-in-law of Aisea and Lena, Sunia and Rebecca, Topasi, and Vika. Adored grandad of Mate He Lotu, Luisa Ma'u, and Harrison. Much loved brother and uncle of Isileli Niu and family, Topasi Lata and family, Niu Lata and family, Muli Lata and family, Salesi Manu and family.

John was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

'And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write this, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "so that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow with them."' Revelation 14:13      

Apo will be held at Grace Church, 452 Lower Queen Street, Richmond on Tuesday 5 October from 6pm. A service to celebrate John's life will then be held at Grace Church on Wednesday 6 October from 9am to be followed by interment at Richmond Cemetery.

The service will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend. For these details please contact

Messages to The Lata Family C/- 41 Nile Street East, Nelson 7010.