Farm­house re­mem­brance party will help with Tiki’s tangi

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.wa­iata­trust.co.nz.

Photo: CARLY TAWHIAO

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.

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