A GiveaLittle fundraiser for his wife and daughters is closing in on $100,000.
Ofa Folau pleaded guilty to two assault charges.
"You are stealing from the poor from no one that's got anything anymore."
"I know everyone's thoughts are with his wife, children, friends and colleagues."
"Anyone carrying out this activity is not only putting their own lives and others at risk but also risk getting arrested."
A local resident says families have been left in the dark about their next steps following the violent storm.
Manukau Ward Councillor Alf Filipaina is urging affected residents to seek support.
Emergency services are at the scene.
The Ellerslie roundabout is closed, spelling traffic chaos for Aucklanders.