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by Karen Te Wao


It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing another of our older sisters Sharmain Joseph in her hometown of Whanganui.


I  first met Sharmain when I came to Wellington in the early 70's and she use to perform as an entertainer at "The Purple Onion' and  also at the "Club Exotique" . Life was very different back then and there was a sisterhood to who we all belonged. 


Sharmain would often come  to Sharelles  where I was staying at 36 Jessie Street Te Aro Wellington during the early 70's. The 80's came and we  saw a lot of change for our community and most of us  started moving out of the inner city including Sharmain who moved to Ngaio. I moved to Khandallah so we were kind of like neighbourhood sisters. 


 After a couple of years Sharmain decided to make the move back hone to Whanganui. Rest in peace my dear sister xoxo

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