The Tongan community in Palmerston North are mourning the loss of a mother, teacher and recently ordained preacher who was killed in a crash that took the lives of three others.
Pesi Tuivai was travelling with her family - including her 3-year-old daughter - from a church meeting in Auckland on Monday when their people mover collided with another car. A man and a woman and a five-year-old boy in that car were killed.
The fourth passenger, a 10-month-old boy is in a critical condition at Starship Hospital. Ms Tuivai's friends, relatives and neighbours gathered at the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Bunnythorpe last night to pray for her and for the seven people still in hospital.