Central Leader : March 23rd 2011
1 LEADER, MARCH 23, 2011 www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, March 23, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.centralleader.co.nz Central Leader online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Close friends sorely missed By RHIANNON HORRELL Tragic accident, right: Ru-i-te-tokorangi Maruariki, left, and Tau-Allan Fotuhetule were killed in a car crash in Three Kings. Family loss, below: Angela Ferrall with her three children, from left: Gemini, Jasmine and Evangel-Junior. Miss Ferrall lost her partner Tau-Allan Fotuhetule in an accident last week when the car he was in with Ru-i-te-tokorangi Maruariki crashed into a traffic light pole at an intersection in Three Kings. Photo: JASON OXENHAM THE PARTNER of a fun- loving Mt Roskill man killed in a car accident says their three young children have lost a dad with a big heart. Tau-Allan Fotuhetule, 30, and Ru-i-te-tokorangi Marua- riki, 26, were killed when their Nissan Primera hit a traffic light pole on the corner of Mt Albert Rd and Hills- borough Rd on March 16. Mr Fotuhetule was father to Gemini, 8, Evangel-Junior, 7, and Jasmine, 6, and his partner Angela Ferrall is dev- astated by the loss. We were together for 10 years. He named all of them,'' Miss Ferrall says of her chil- dren. He left his mark on everyone. He was a good man, I'll miss him heaps. We would always spend weekends together.'' Mr Maruariki, who was also in the car with Mr Fotu- hetule, has left behind his partner Angela Fotuhetule, who is Mr Fotuhetule's sister, and their children Jyn, 5, Vakaroto, 3, and baby Manea. Miss Ferrall says trips and outings were a boys' excur- sion -- involving Mr Fotu- hetule and Mr Maruariki -- and the family would tag along. Him and Tau-Allan were extremely close. They would fish together, drink together andhewasagooddadtoo-- he would do anything for Angela,'' Miss Ferrall says. We started going to Ladies Bay. We went there last weekend and fished. It was such a fun day.'' They were pretty tight those two,'' close friend Jay Maheno says of the pair. They would get talking about their man business -- fixing things and imagining building things.'' Miss Ferrall says Mr Fotu- hetule was a welder who was skilled with his hands. She says he was also a talented tattoo artist and had given himself a full arm-length tat- too of his favourite cartoon characters. It was Bert and Ernie, it was Marvin the Martian -- he loved cartoons. You don't expect to see that on a 30-year-old Cook Islander,'' Miss Maheno says. He used to fashion tattoo guns out of a ball point pen, batteries and wires. He got really good over the years. He really loved his fam- ily,'' Miss Moheno says. His sisters meant the world to him. He was the man of the house.'' The family says Mr Maruariki will be sorely missed too. Mr Chips production man- ager Robert Brierley worked with Mr Maruariki and is still coming to terms with the accident. He was a terrific guy, very quiet but one of our best workers. I'm still trying to get over it.'' Mr Maruariki was also active and involved with the kindergarten where his chil- dren attend. Hewasagoodguy--he always went to Akarana Kin- dergarten to socialise with the mums. It will be a huge loss for them,'' Miss Ferrall says. She says Mr Maruariki had been in New Zealand for about 10 years. Akarana Kindergarten teacher Joti Kumar says Mr Maruariki visited on the day of the crash, helping with the afternoon session and build- ing a rocketship. I couldn't believe it,'' Ms Kumar says. He was a helpful guy and dedicated to his children.'' Police are still seeking witnesses to the crash which took place at 12.30am on March 16. Contact sergeant Matthew Ford on 359-3111 if you have any information.
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