Family members and friends turned up tonight at Auckland International Airport to mourn the death of a Tongan community leader as his body arrived back in New Zealand.
Josh Liava‘a, 66, was killed in a shooting in Hawaii Sunday 14. He was a former Auckland police detective sergeant.
His wife, Victoria, described her deceased husband as “smiling” and “handsome as usual” when she was first allowed by authority to see his body in Honolulu.
His son Joseph said the deceased would be laid at Ligeliga mortuary tonight and would be available for the public at 10am.
His apo (vigil) will be held at the LDS Chapel at 520, Captain Springs Road on Friday 25 July 2014 evening and will be laid to rest on Saturday at Manukau Memorial Garden in Papatoetoe.
Vigil venue: Te Papapa LDS Chapel
520 Captain Springs Road
Date: Friday, 25 July 2014 at 7.00 – 11.00 pm
Burial: Saturday, 26 July 2014
Memorial service : 10.00 am (Same venue).
Burial time : 1.00 pm Manukau Memorial Garden