New Zealand flag to fly at half-mast to mark Fa'anānā Efeso Collins' funeral

  • 27/02/2024

The New Zealand flag will be flown at half-mast to mark the funeral of Green MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins. 

Collins, 49, died suddenly on Wednesday morning after he collapsed during a charity event in Auckland. 

On Thursday, the flag will be flown at half-mast all day on all Government and public buildings which have flag poles and normally fly the New Zealand flag, as requested by Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. 

The flag will be returned to full mast at the close of business hours on Thursday. 

Collins was taking part in a ChildFund Water Run to get clean drinking water to communities in the Pacific Islands when he died.  

Collins is currently lying in state at Tipene Funerals in Ōnehunga. A public service celebrating his life will be held at Due Drop Events Centre in Manukau at midday on Thursday. 

Family spokesperson Taito Eddie Tuiavii said "droves" of whānau, community, friends and people who didn't know Collins have paid their respects over the weekend.   

Parliamentary colleagues, staffers and councillors are among those expected to visit the funeral home this week ahead of the funeral.   

Due to the large amounts of people expected, Hill Street will be closed during the day between 7am and 7pm on Monday to Wednesday with traffic management in place. 

"We are also asking mourners attending, to carpool where possible due to the limited number of parking spaces on the street," Tuiavii said.    

"Mourners are also asked to arrive into Hill Street from Princess Street (rather than Church Street). Right turns onto Hill Street from Princess Street will be restricted to avoid disrupting normal traffic."