Friends remember NZ mother killed in Queensland

Friends remember NZ mother killed in Queensland

Friends and family of a New Zealand mother killed in a frenzied stabbing say they're devastated by her death.

Sandra Peniamina was allegedly murdered by her husband outside their Queensland home on Thursday night.

A wonderful mother, a prankster and a beautiful friend is how Ms Peniamina's school mates from James Cook High in Manurewa will remember her. They say she was taken from them far too soon.

"It's heart-breaking because we had spoken just two weeks before she passed away," says Vicky Pona.

"To be as close as sisters could go, it was even more devastating," says Petala Eteauti.

The 29-year-old mother of four was stabbed to death on the driveway of her Brisbane home. Her husband, Arona Peniamina, has been charged with her murder.

Their four children are believed to have been sleeping inside the house during the attack.

Ms Peniamina's friends say they've known each other for at least 15 years, and despite being countries apart, they remained close.

"We all wanted to bring our kids together so they would have the same kind of relationship we used to have as mates in school," says Ms Eteauti.

It was a relationship that came with fond and funny memories. Her friends say she was a bubbly person who laughed a lot -- "a joker, a prankster".

"She wouldn't come to school without a water bomb," says Ms Eteauti.

But through the laughter there is an underlying anger at what has happened.

"To lose a close friend -- definitely there's a rage."

Charity The Koha Shed Australia has launched an online appeal for donations for Ms Peniamina's four children, who will all return to New Zealand.

Ms Peniamina's mother has travelled to Australia to bring her daughter's body home. Arona Peniamina remains in custody and is due to appear in court in a fortnight.