Kel­ston Boys stu­dents pay trib­ute to much-loved peer

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Belinda Feek

Stu­dents of Kel­ston Boys High School de­liv­ered a mov­ing trib­ute af­ter the death of one of their own.

Stu­dent Tofi Toelupe died from a med­i­cal event re­cently.

Fel­low stu­dents and teach­ers per­formed a mov­ing trib­ute as his body passed through the gates of the West Auck­land school one last time on his way to his fu­neral on Thurs­day.

A video shows stu­dents lin­ing the drive­way and per­form­ing a pow­er­ful haka as Toelupe is slowly driven past.

Act­ing Kel­ston In­ter­me­di­ate prin­ci­pal Kiri Laing ac­knowl­edged Tofi in its lat­est news­let­ter.

“Tofi Toelupe was a Year 11 stu­dent at Kel­ston Boys, he passed this week and this is a very sad event for our Kel­ston whanau.

“We have many staff mem­bers who re­mem­ber Tofi as a cheer­ful and lov­able stu­dent, al­ways with a smile on his dial.”

Kel­ston Boys prin­ci­pal Ade­line Blair also paid trib­ute to Toelupe in a school news­let­ter, call­ing it the hard­est two weeks she had ex­pe­ri­enced as a prin­ci­pal. “As a kura, we have had to bind to­gether more strongly re­cently in mourn­ing the loss of our Year 11 son and brother, Tofilua Toelupe. “We want Tofi’s aiga to know our thoughts and prayers are with them and that Tofi will be fondly re­mem­bered.” Nei­ther Laing nor Toelupe’s fam­ily wanted to com­ment when ap­proached by the Her­ald.

The coro­ner is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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Kel­ston Boys stu­dents per­form a haka af­ter a peer died.

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