Yolanda Tu'uheava says murdered husband 'admired' Comanchero gang

The wife of an Auckland man shot dead says her husband "admired" the Comanchero gang.

Epalahame Tu'uheava and his wife Yolanda Tu'uheava were both shot multiple times on Greenwood Road in Mangere on April 30 last year. 

The 28-year-old father of one, also known as Abraham, died within minutes.

But Yolanda survived despite being shot twice in the head with a revolver.

Speaking via audio visual link in court on Wednesday with a head scarf wrapped around her head, Yolanda explained that the pair lived in Australia for around three years, until 2017.

She says during that time, her husband developed a close association to the leader of the Nomads gang.

When they returned to New Zealand for financial reasons, Yolanda told the court Epalahame started to notice the Comancheros.

"He admired them," she said.

"I noticed he was watching these videos of the Comos with their bikes, all these flash things that they had, so he was trying to find a way to get a hold of them.

"He just, admired the material stuff they had."

Police charged three men with murder and attempted murder.

Comanchero member Viliami Taani pleaded guilty to both charges last week.

Fisilau Tapaevalu and Mesui Tufui are currently on trial in the High Court at Auckland.