Siosifa Havili

Colleagues, relatives pay tribute to Tongan seasonal worker

Kaniva News reports Havili died of a heart attack in Hastings, New Zealand last week.

Havili was working under the Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme which employs thousands of Pacific islanders in the horticulture and viticulture industries in New Zealand.

Over the weekend, dozens of seasonal workers joined members of Havili’s family at a vigil and memorial service for the 46 year old.

Havili was described as a group leader who was a valued employee of New Zealand’s largest apple exporter.

He is expected to be buried in Tonga this weekend.