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Monday, July 27, 2009

New Zealander Tourist Buried Today

Tiki Hunia

Tiki Hunia

How sad and tragic. According to Go Jamaica- Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday to pay their last respects to a 27-year-old New Zealander, who was killed during an attempted robbery where he was staying. Tiki Hunia was hailed as a hero for defending his wife, Nickie Jean, when two men entered the premises and held them up. He died defending her.

The pair, who were living in Hong Kong, were staying at a guest house on their second honeymoon when two gunmen entered. One of the men hit Nickie-Jean Hunia in the back of the head with a pistol and Mr Hunia leaped to her defence. A scuffle ensued and he was shot twice in the chest. He died in hospital a short time later.

Yesterday's service, at the Ruaihona Marae in Teko in the Bay of Plenty where Mr Hunia grew up, was full of tears, laughter and song for a man referred to as a gentle giant.

More of the story here ------>New Zeland Hearald

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