It is with incredible sadness that I report the passing of one of Pacifika’s great men in the Reverend Sonny Ng Shiu. Sonny died tragically in a car accident on Christmas eve. Sonny was a paster at the local CCCS church on Riverbend Road, and very active in the local Pasifika, and general, community. He was instrumental in galvanising the local effort to provide much needed supplies to Samoa after this year’s tsunami. Sonny visited Samoa straight after the disaster to provide help and support.
Sonny was a great Labour supporter. He organised for local Pasifika community members to meet with myself and Phil Goff on 3rd December and spoke eloquently and passionately. I met with Sonny for the last time on 22nd December when he came in to ask for sponsorship support for a member of his local community to become a JP.
Sonny leaves behind a young family, a grieving community and a very wide circle of friends in Hawkes Bay, around New Zealand and in Samoa.
We send our deepest sympathies to the family of Rev Sonny Ng Shiu. Rest in peace Sonny – the Labour family and friends will miss you very much.