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Aroha and support for Aaron Tokona's daughter, Asha and partner, Karma.

Cause page created in the Disaster category by Mike O'Sullivan for "Aaron Tangi costs,Asha Tokona,Karma Russell"

$18,864 donated
Given by 257 generous donors in around 4 months

Koha towards Aaron Tokona's Tangi, Daughter and Partner.

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Aaron Tokona suddenly and tragically passed away Saturday, 20 June 2020 in his home he shared with Karma and children.

Relentlessly loving father to his beautiful daughter Asha.

Aaron is bonafide Maori Rockstar Genius who influenced, inspired and rocked a generation of NZ musicians and fans here and the world over.

To name just a few of his projects: Bongmaster, Weta, Fly My Pretties, Cairo Knife Fight and the Epic AHoriBuzz.

He will always be remembered for his phenomenal musical legacy; but for Aaron, those he loves-His Whanau: his daughter, his loving woman, his beautiful friends- Always come first.

For those who wish to show their support and aroha to Aaron, this page has been created to contribute to the costs of his Tangi, the celebration of his life. Ongoing help to support the journey of the women in his life Asha and Karma.

Mike O'Sullivan's involvement (page creator)

Mike is Aaron's dear friend and work colleague. Privileged to spend recent years close by his side.

Use of funds

To contribute towards Tangi costs, help support his daughter and partner.

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Latest update

Aaron Tokona Charitable Trust   4 July 2020

Posted by: Mike O'Sullivan

Kia ora,

Thank you so much for the outpouring of aroha, beautiful words and generous donations towards ensuring we can assist Asha and Karma at this tragic time.

2 weeks ago today our epic friend, father, loving partner and inspiration left us suddenly and our lives changed forever.

We have no choice but to reflect, remember and cling to the many memories of all our time with Aaron.

We are very grateful to share that the Tangi costs have now been covered. So so much aroha and support for this magical, beautiful man, his whanau and loved ones. Thank you to all of you from the bottom of our hearts.

Alongside continuing to help support Karma and Asha in some small way through this incredibly painful time, there is also something growing and beginning to gain momentum to keep shining Aarons light out into the world. Karma, whanau and friends are in the process of creating a vision for the Aaron Tokona Charitable Trust to help keep sharing his incredible wairua and kaupapa of hearty inclusivity and love with others to support self care and creativity.

The place for this vision is to be at one of his absolute favourite places, the west coast beach of Piha Auckland. Aaron's go-to for healing solitude and to connect deeply with those he loved.

Piha is the place where he ultimately wanted to have a studio -every visit there he would talk about this vision of a place for not only writing and making music, but also as a place of retreat and self care.

The goal of the trust is create a studio that can offer support and mentoring for young musicians and artists and to support mental health and wellbeing.

Aaron was always very open about his struggles with addiction and mental health and was very grateful and humbled by the support and help he received. This gave Aaron an incredible ability to connect with empathy and wisdom to others who were facing similar challenges. Because of how he lived and shared himself so openly the guiding light of the Charitable Trust is to support others to learn Self Care, the journey Aaron was on, but tragically did not get to complete.

We will continue to keep you updated as this vision evolves.

much love to you all.

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Latest donations

Niels 2 days ago
So many good nights out rocking out to your music. Grateful I got to meet you even if only once. Your Timeless tunes will always be heard loud.
Mike O'Sullivan

Aroha nui Niels, and thank you.

Mike O'Sullivan
Tikidub Productions
Tikidub Productions on 19 Aug 2020
Ngā mihi whānau, this koha is from the Ahoribuzz teeshirt sales at the Aaron Tokona Tribute gig at Whammy bar on 7 August. Arohanui kia koutou, from Taungaroa Emile, the Tikidub whānau, and Ben Tippett xx
Mike O'Sullivan

Aroha nui Taungaroa, Ben, and the Tikidub whanau. Thank you.

Mike O'Sullivan
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 14 Aug 2020
Mike O'Sullivan

Aroha nui, and thank you to all who contributed to such a heartfelt evening.

Mike O'Sullivan
Di on 10 Aug 2020
Arohanui ki te whanaunuio Aaron, especially beloved daughter Asha, and partner Karma. Cannot imagine Aotearoa without this funny talented loving man. The puller of fantastical facials, guitar shredding genius, sadly missed e hoa.
Mike O'Sullivan

Aroha nui Di, and thank you.

Mike O'Sullivan
Adam on 07 Aug 2020
When I was 16 years old I listened to Geographica pretty much every night on headphones as I went to sleep. Aaron's music has been a big influence on me and I just want to pass on a little koha to the whanau. Aroha Nui. Adam
Mike O'Sullivan

Aroha nui, and thank you.

Mike O'Sullivan

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Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Mike O'Sullivan on behalf of Aaron Tangi costs,Asha Tokona,Karma Russell

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