Tributes roll in for Efeso Collins death

Tributes are rolling in for Efeso Collins following his death this morning.

The Green MP was attending a charity event in Auckland when he collapsed and died. 

Collins was a popular Auckland Council member for many years and in 2023 recently elected as a Green MP.  

Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters has led the tributes online, describing Collins' death as "untimely and tragic".

Labour MP, Shanan Halbert worked alongside Collins and shared a heartbreaking tribute, referencing Collins' work with rangatahi.

Rugby player, Alice Soper also sent her condolences.

Businessman Leo Molloy, who briefly ran against Collins for Auckland Mayoralty, also sent his love.  

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry shared a photo and said he and Collins shared "inspiring plans" while at Waitangi together.

Dave Letele was also taking part in the event when Collins passed away and told Newshub it was a shock to see.  

"To be laughing only literally seconds before and have that unfold, it's just so sad."  

He said Collins had a lot more to give, making his death even harder.

"He was a great man and I think he was only getting started in parliament with the Greens. I feel that his biggest impact was yet to come for our people and it's a huge loss for our people and our community and NZ as a whole."

Regardless he told Newshub, he died doing what he loved.

'We're here for a cause to be able to have clean water in the Pacific - something very close to Efeso and to all of us. He literally died giving back'.