Tongan fruit picker dies after suspected heart attack in van

A Tongan man has died of a suspected heart attack in a parking lot in Hastings, New Zealand after authorities were alerted by a member of the public.

Siosifa Havili, 46, was found slumped over the wheel of the van he had been driving on Gordon Road last  Wednesday 9 at about 10pm, Tongan government RSE liaison officer Sefita Haoʻuli told Kaniva News this morning.

Havili’s death appeared to be medical but would be referred to the Coroner, Hao’uli said.

He said the employer had checked the GPS of the vehicle and could tell Havili arrived at Gordon Road at 6.40 pm, and was found by a member of the public, at around 10 pm.

Havili’s employer was working with authorities to arrange for his insurance cover and organise flight so his body could be sent to Tonga.

Havili came to New Zealand in February and worked for Mr Apple before he moved to Thornhill Contracting company on a joint ATR in May.

He was the leader of a group of 12 boys.


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