Former Sergeant Hale Harry Ikitule passed away in Auckland on the 15th of November and four weeks later he was finally laid to rest at his beloved village Tuapa Uhomotu yesterday. He was 66 years old.
His children and family members delivered his eulogy while Sergeant Ramona Romeo Jackson delivered his life of service, a report of his service from the Public Service Commission.
Former Sergeant Hale Harry Ikitule started his career as a police cadet when he was just 17 years old in 1973. He became a Police Constable in 1975. He attended various Police courses starting at Trentham Police College in New Zealand until he returned to Niue in 1977.
He was also a Police Prosecutor and on the 21st of March 1988, he rose to the rank of Sergeant.
In 1990 he suffered an injury on the job and in 1994 he was one of the public servants to accept the government’s offer of voluntary redundancy.
Former Sergeant Hale Harry Ikitule served in the Niue Police force under one New Zealand Resident Commissioner, and four Chiefs of Police, the last being Chief Steve Brady. He served 21 years as a Police Sergeant and Prosecutor.
Hale Ikitule was also very active in the church and village community of Tuapa and Hikutavake.
He was a lay preacher and in October 2001 he became the Head deacon Ulumotua for the Hikutavake Ekalesia.
Former Sergeant Ikitule was finally laid to rest in his beloved village of Tuapa Uhomotu yesterday.
He had to relocate to New Zealand a few years ago because of his health, requiring regular dialysis. His family moved to spend time with him several months ago.
He passed away on November 15th and since then, his family has had to navigate through new travel protocols during these pandemic times.
His wife Fakatule, their children, grandchildren, and family members returned to Niue two weeks ago to comply with MIQ requirements. Hale’s body was flown in yesterday, just a few hours in church and finally he was laid to rest.
Former Sergeant Hale Ikitule is survived by his lovely wife Fakatule and their children and grandchildren.