New Zealand’s Pacific communities are mourning the death of Joel Tuita Mataitini Fotu, 68, a Tongan lawyer and legal counsel.
Fotu died at Middlemore hospital at 3 pm today. His wife Vasi had confirmed his death to Kaniva News this evening.
Apart from his legal profession Fotu became actively involved in many Tongan community groups here in Auckland especially in church, education and politics.
Fotu worked for the Glaister Enor.
Statement from the Enor says: "Sadly Joel passed away on 5 June. He was a very highly regarded member of the Glaister Ennor team and we will miss him enormously.
"Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and his many friends and colleagues at this time.
"Before Joel joined Glaister Ennor he worked for over thirty years with LINZ, the last seven as a senior legal advisor. Since that time he has been a valuable member of the Glaister Ennor Property team".
Joel Tuita Mataitini Fotu
Featured image by Paula Moimoi Latu