Farmhouse remembrance party will help with Tiki’s tangi
A remembrance party to farewell a prestigious family home that served Sandringham’s Pacific Island community has been extended to farewell a loved son, brother and nephew.
Although the Bungavard, a 1909 farmhouse on Haverstock Rd, will close its doors today, it was a home away from home for New Zealander Tiki Hunia, who was killed during an armed robbery last week in Jamaica.
The Hong Kong-based IT consultant and his wife Nickie-Jean were on a second honeymoon, at a guest- house in New Kingston when the shooting occurred.
The 27-year-old died soon after in hospital.
Mr Hunia’s father, musician Alan Foulkes, found out about his son’s murder through his friend, Bungavard owner Will ‘Ilolahia.
A phone message left by his daughter-in-law confirmed the worst.
Mr Foulkes says he last spoke to his son when he was still in Hong Kong.
Mr Hunia grew up in the Bay of Plenty with his mother’s family, but stayed regularly at the Bungavard with his father.
He describes his son as a happy boy, who enjoyed playing the guitar.
Mr Foulkes’ 20-year-old daughter Tui flew into Auckland from Australia to be with her father on Sunday.
They are awaiting news about Tiki’s return and plan to travel with his body to Te Teko, near Whakatane, where he will be buried.
Mr Foulkes says Mr ‘Ilolahia’s offer to switch focus from raising funds for a new Bungavard residence to supporting Tiki’s tangi was reluctantly accepted.
“Initially I said no but it is their way to show respect for Tiki and for me,” he says.
Lifelong friends, Mr Foulkes and Mr ‘Ilolahia met as teenage sporting rivals.
With the Bungavard as their foundation, they connected politically through the Polynesian Panthers during the 1970s and musically through reggae band Herbs in the 1980s.
Renowned for its pioneering anti-nuclear music, Mr Foulkes played percussion in Herbs’ early lineup while Mr ‘Ilolahia managed it.
The remembrance party will be at the Bungavard at 8pm tonight. Tickets cost from $50.
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Waiting game: Alan Foulkes, father of Tiki Hunia who was murdered in Kingston, Jamaica, waits anxiously at the Bungavard for news of his son’s return home.