21 Feb 2024

Tributes pour in for Fa'anānā Efeso Collins

From Midday Report, 12:43 pm on 21 February 2024

Green MP and Pasifika Communitiy advocate Fa'anānā Efeso Collins has died after collapsing during a charity run in Tāmaki Makauru Auckland. 

Collins was taking part in the ChildFund Water Fun event at Britomart to support local communities in the Pacific on Wednesday morning.

The New Zealand-born Samoan man is survived by his wife and two children. 

The staunch advocate for the poor was elected to Parliament last year after being ranked eleventh on the Green Party list.  

In 2022, Fa'anānā contested the Auckland mayoral election, coming second to Wayne Brown; before that, he was a Manukau ward councillor on Auckland Council.