26th May 1951 - 12th March 2020
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J Fraser & Sons' Chapel
cnr Esk and Doon Streets
18 March 2020, 2:00PM

GOODWILLIE, Maaki Garth.

Suddenly on Thursday 12 March 2020 we lost our ‘old man’, father in law, Poua, brother and uncle. He was our hero, our friend and the head of our awesome Goodwillie Whanau. A musical man that lived life to the fullest! We are devastated that he has gone too soon. We invite you to celebrate Maaki’s great life in J Fraser & Sons’ Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill on Wednesday 18 March at 2pm followed by private cremation. Maaki will be resting in the Chapel on Wednesday 18 March from 9am for those who wish to spend time with him. Messages can be sent to 18C Dudley Street, Invercargill 9810 or to Maaki’s tribute page at

Rest In Peace, Dad.

Reon, Carlin and Whanau x



My sincere condolences for your loss on behalf myself and the Rakiura Maori Lands Trust. I have known Maaki since we were both kids and he and the rest of the Goodwillie whanau would spend holidays on Rakiura. I had great respect for his effortless ability as a musician. We shared an interest and love for music. We reconnected a few years ago, at an RMLT meeting in Bluff, and only few months ago I chatted with him about his support for RMLT as he was selling raffle tickets for a community charity at the Countdown in Tay street. Sadly I am unable to attend the celebration of his life on Wednesday, but my thoughts will be with the whanau . "A tall rimu felled too soon"
Simon Gomez, Cromwell
Love to all the Goodwillie Family. I always enjoyed any interaction I had with Maaki. Great guitar player and a man fond of a beer. Always a good time. We are thinking of you all as you celebrate his life. Mark, Melissa and family. xxx
Mark Elliott, Christchurch
To The Goodwillie Family
Our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
Maaki was highly respected, and will be fondly remembered by many people.
Carol and Rex Baxter, Alexandra
Memories go a long way back. Thinking of the family.
Kind regards Carole Power
Carole Power, Invercargill
To the Goodwillie family: I am truly sad for your loss. Maaki was an inspirational musician, with such a velvet touch on the guitar. He had a remarkably rich and diverse taste in music and it was a real privilege to have spent time with him in our younger days. He was awesomely generous with his musical knowledge and god given talent and shared it with those keen to listen and learn. A giant totara has fallen and he will be sorely missed. My love and regards to the family.
Murray Strathearn, Twizel.
murray strathearn, Wellington and Invercargill
To all the Goodwillie whanau,
We are so saddened to hear of this news of Maaki and very sorry we are unable to be there to join you in farewelling this lovely man on Wednesday.
We have wonderful memories of Maaki. They all involve laughter, music, good times and a few beers.
They also involve respect and admiration.
Maaki stories are always told with a reverence and are always completed with roars of laughter.
The joy, warmth, and pride he expressed in his boys and their lives and families was heartwarming, and he was such a generous and amiable man.
We will miss him very much when next we visit Invercargill, and he will always be fondly remembered with love.

Marg and Pat Houlihan, Auckland
To the Goodwillie family our thoughts are with you today as you say farewell to Maaki, mum will be looking down from heaven. Can’t be there today to represent the Larby Whanau but will be watching the live streaming. Lots of love Maree Gorman
Maree Gorman, gore
On behalf of the Apiata Whanau here in the north we send our love to all that are there. We apologize that we can't be with house Reon and Carlin at this time but know that we care and our hearts are heavy. It is with great sadness that Uncle Maaki has passed. He was a special man and Played a huge role in our lives as children growing up with the family. If there's a will there's a way if there's a Goodwillie theres a better way. Kia Kaha Whanau tatou. May u all be strong today. Rest in peace Uncle Maaki, forever in our hearts.
Susan Apiata, Waitangi
maaki, had many laughs, good,times, go and add some music at the leaner in the sky, with ramo, evil, scruffy, and the others.
john dewit, Timaru