Mateni Lynch was in Christchurch to see his younger brother Hiko’s body before he flew to Auckland.
The Lynch’s paternal and maternal families are preparing for the service at the Vea Funeral Home in Ōtara this weekend.
Hiko’s body is expected to arrive in Auckland tomorrow (Friday) from Christchurch.
His body will be flown to Tonga next week for the funeral.
“The family is devastated by his death”, Hiko’s maternal uncle Uilou Fungavaka told Kaniva News yesterday (Wednesday).