Family of Fa'anānā Efeso Collins share heartfelt message after sudden death

Collins' aiga have issued a heartfelt statement paying tribute to him.
Fa'anānā Efeso Collins' aiga have issued a heartfelt statement paying tribute to him. Photo credit: Newshub.

The aiga (family) of Green MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins has posted a heartfelt tribute to him on social media, following his sudden death.

Collins, 49, died suddenly on Wednesday morning after he collapsed during a charity event at Auckland's Te Komititanga. 

He was one of several well-known Kiwis taking part in a ChildFund Water Run to get clean drinking water to communities in the Pacific Islands.

Tipene Funerals posted the heartfelt tribute from Collins' aiga on Facebook. 

"It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear husband, son, brother, uncle and loving father, Fa'anānā Efeso Collins on 21st February 2024," it says. 

"Words cannot express our gratitude for all the messages of love, support and comfort received since Fa'anānā was called to rest. 

"Thank you for your prayers and wrapping us firmly in your love as we navigate through this difficult time. 

"We respectfully ask for privacy and your patience as we come to terms with the loss and prepare the final celebration of his life." 

The message ends by saying further details of where Collins will lie in state, and of his funeral service, will be confirmed in due course.

Tributes have continued to pour in for Collins on Thursday. 

Former minister Aupito William Sio told Newshub Late on Wednesday the news hit hard. 

"Sadness just overwhelmed us. [A] devastating blow, I would say, when I first heard the news this morning," he said. 

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon also paid tribute in a statement, saying: "I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins' sudden death. 

"Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and south Auckland communities." 

Collins is survived by his wife and two young daughters.