Public appeal launched for families of kiwifruit workers killed in car crash

A fundraising campaign has been launched for the families of two Vanuatuan kiwifruit workers killed in a car crash near in Te Puke last month.

The two men were killed after a car crashed into a garage near the town.

The deaths came after a seperate crash two weeks earlier, in which two other kiwifruit workers were killed after their car was hit by a train in Te Puke.

The two men from Vanuatu worked at nearby Trevelyan's Pack and Cool which is now coordinating a GiveALittle fundraising page.

Managing Director, James Trevelyan said the company, their team and the wider Trevelyan's family of growers, suppliers and supporters were devastated at the loss of the men.

"We have received many, many calls from across Te Puke, the industry and the wider community from people who would like to support the families of Hamsen and Barry at this time, both financially and emotionally," he said.

"We have created this page to facilitate and coordinate this support as we care for those affected."

In a Facebook post, the company said it had been blown away by the support received from around the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand and beyond.

It said the GiveALittle fund would help support those who have been directly impacted by the tragic accident. 

A memorial service for the men on Friday was attended by more than 500 people.