BEREAVEMENT: Dave Mcfarland

He aituā, he aituā. Tangaroa whakamautai, Tangaroa arikinui, Rukuhia ki uta, rukuhia ki tai. Kua hinga tētahi totara i te waonui o Tāne. Nō reira e te rangatira e Dave e moe.

Hoea to waka, hoea ki Hawaki nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki pamamao. 
I karanghia te atua ki runga rawa mōu, nā rātou ngā tūpuna e tatari ana mo to taenga ake. 
Ahakoa e noho mokemoke ana ōu whānau, haere, haere, haere atu rā, kei reira koe e okioki ai, nō reira, moe mai, moe mai, moe mai rā e te rangatira e Dave.

It is with great sadness that the Parihaka Waka Ama family announce the passing of our friend, our brother and an all round mighty man David McFarland. He left us the way he would have wanted with a paddle in his hand and on the water. David was a devoted father, grandfather and husband. He was a huge figure in our club and in the NZ paddling scene, he loved paddling, fixing things, helping people and encouraging us in his own unique way. But most of all he loved his family and his friends. He will leave a hole that can never be replaced. Our love and support go out to Lynley and all David's family. Farewell Dave, your waka journey with us is over but from here on may your seas be calm and your waka run true and you feel the warm sun on your back forever.

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  1. Thank you so much for your passion and enthusiasm for Waka Ama Dave. I know how much you loved Waka Ama and all the people involved, your love for paddling rubbed off on so many along with the time you dedicated to helping people to enjoy our sport.
    Seeing you achieve a gold medal with your 70’s team in Tahiti recently was a special moment along with the joyful emotion after the race. I’m really going to miss seeing you at events and recieving your emails. My Love and thoughts are with Lynley and your Whanau at this time. x
    Lara - 18-Sep-2018
  2. Tangi tīkapa ana te ngākau, ko koe kua momotu ki tawhiti, ki Paerau. Tēra te iwi o te pö, te whakatau atu i a koe, te kura pounamu kua riro atu ki raro ki te Reinga, hāere e koro hāere.
    Wairangi Jones - 16-Sep-2018
  3. Our hearts are with you, Lynley. Dave and Lynley, it was so much fun paddling alongside you in Tahiti. Dave, we were your 70 s counterpart and we are so proud of your team's achievements. We loved your passion for the sport and will always remember the camaraderie and companionship amongst us at the different events. Aroha from all the GM70s ladies.
    Cynthia Harnor - 16-Sep-2018
  4. Kore rawa atu e wareware
    Dave may you forever paddle your waka in the never ending journey of the after life. From your your long time competitors in Turanganui a Kiwa.
    Brian Wilson - 14-Sep-2018
  5. Oarsum steers man my bro Dave Rio wot a great feat and challenge that was... you led our team well .... RIP uso....
    James Papalii - 14-Sep-2018
  6. What a shock and what a loss to the NZ paddling community, Us steerers are supposed to live forever David what's the story mate?
    Over the years we have competed against each other and done a few races together. I have always admired your strength and passion for your club and the sport as a whole.
    Hoe Aroha Whanau O Moauo club and team Fluffy Slippers send Sincere condolences to Lynley and all the family.
    From myself and from all past and present Fluffy Slippers steer a straight and true line my friend untill we meet again.
    Mike Hickson, Fluffy Slippers - 14-Sep-2018
  7. E te hoa Rawiri,
    Anei mātou hoki ou hoa kaihoe e tangi ana na tou wehenga atu. Nau i whakareri i a mātou mo te Whakataetae o te Ao ki Tahiti - nau te kaiwhakahaere, nau te kaiwhakatere mo ta mātou kapa. No reira, tēnei te mihi nui ki a koe. Moe mai ra, moe mai ra.
    Thank you for your services to our team, to your club, and to all have paddled with you. We will miss you greatly.
    Paora - 14-Sep-2018
  8. Oh no..Dave... paddling the Aito not so long ago in Tahiti...kei te pouri...Aroha nui ki te whanau
    Raipoia Brightwell - 14-Sep-2018
  9. Oh no..Dave... paddling the Aito not so long ago in Tahiti...kei te pouri...Aroha nui ki a koe, ki to whanau hoki
    Raipoia Brightwell - 14-Sep-2018
  10. Hi David. We had the German heritage together. We had the same straightness and humor. We miss you deeply. It was a pleasure and honor to know you and to paddle with you. One of Uwe's goals - to beat you in Rarotonga - is gone.
    Will see you on the other side.
    Lots of love. Katja & Uwe
    Katja & Uwe Hildebrandt - 14-Sep-2018
  11. Condolences to all the Parihaka and immediate whanau for losing such a treasurer in Dave. Arohanui from the Hei Matau Paddlers whanau in Rotorua.
    Kelley Korau - 13-Sep-2018
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