Rangi Joseph passed away on the 29th of February at the age of 72.
The tangi was held at the Wairau Pa Marae in Spring Creek.
The principal of Marlborough Boy’s College said that the school had re-arranged their schedule to allow for 45 staff members and the senior students to attend the memorial service, where about 50 students performed a haka in honour of their Kaumātua.
Mr Rangi Joseph had been chosen for the role of the Kaumātua at the college for the mana he held in the community, he was held in the highest regard with the staff and was seen as a mentor for the Māori students.
Along with members of Mr Joseph’s family, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology chief executive Tony Gray and Marlborough area commander Inspector Steve Caldwell were among the speakers at the tangi.
Souce: The Marlborough express