His sister Yves Makita says they want to honour their brother’s request to lay him to rest on his home island of Manihiki.
They have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise some of the $30,000 they need for the flight.
Here Makita died in a fire in his home in the small Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek, where he had lived for 20 years and was much-loved for his voluntary work at a local addiction centre.
“We will be organising a memorial service for my beloved brother in Tennant Creek before returning him home,” Yves posted on the GoFundMe page.
“Any donations large or small will be much appreciated and honoured by our family.”
Here Makita was just 22 years old when he moved to the Northern Territory; his work there was recognised with the grant of Australian citizenship.
“He was well known and loved by all that knew him,” says Yves.