Teacher fondly re­mem­bered

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER and MICHELLE ROBINSON

THE YOUNG teacher who died in hos­pi­tal after be­ing as­saulted in the city cen­tre early on Sun­day morn­ing is be­ing fondly re­mem­bered.

Tarun Asthana, 25, was at­tacked out­side McDon­ald’s on lower Queen St at about 5.10am after a night of club­bing with friends.

He was knocked to the ground by a sin­gle punch and lost con­scious­ness after his head struck the pave­ment.

The Mt Al­bert res­i­dent was rushed to hos­pi­tal and placed on life sup­port which was turned morn­ing.

He and his fam­ily were mem­bers of the Christ the King Par­ish in Owairaka.

Father Peter Tipene has known the fam­ily for about four years and spent time with them at the hos­pi­tal be­fore Mr Asthana’s death.

‘‘I was just im­pressed with the friends who turned up. They were in tears but sup­port­ing each other.

‘‘I think his mother is grate­ful he didn’t suf­fer. She’s a very faith­ful woman and she knows he has gone to his great re­ward.

‘‘Now they’re re­group­ing and will have to get used to

off on Mon­day life with­out their loved son.’’

A fu­neral ser­vice is ex­pected to be held for Mr Asthana on Satur­day.

‘‘He was very bright, per­son­able, and full of life. He had a great love of chil­dren. Kids were at­tracted to his per­son­al­ity and his sense of fun,’’ Father Tipene says.

Mr Asthana worked as a re­lief teacher in­ter­mit­tently at Kowhai School.

‘‘Our staff got to know him very well and we are very sad to lose him. Our staff and chil­dren are re­mem­ber­ing Tarun with great af­fec­tion,’’ prin­ci­pal Paul Dou­glas says.

Grenville David McFar­land, the man charged with as­sault­ing Mr Asthana, is a naval rat­ing.

He ap­peared in the Auck­land District Court on Mon­day and was re­manded on bail.

He is due to reap­pear in court on Novem­ber 15 and po­lice have in­di­cated his charges will be up­graded.

In­ter­me­di­ate

Tarun Asthana: The 25-year-old trained teacher died after be­ing punched to the ground in the cen­tral city on Sun­day morn­ing.

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