The sister of a Marton man who died in a road accident in Palmerston North on January 4 has described him as "my idol, my rock."

Kararaina King, who lives in Perth, said her brother Nathan Karatau was a "loving partner to Nadine and a very proud father to five beautiful children."

Mr Karatau, a 34 year old truck driver, died in a crash on Rangitikei Line when his truck and another collided. He was taken to Palmerston North hospital but died overnight.

Ms King said her brother was a "very humble, caring person and was a good man who would go out of his way to help others.

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"He loved his family and all his friends. He loved doing drifting and burn outs. And he loved his job driving trucks.

"I loved him and may he rest in peace."

A death notice published in the Chronicle said Mr Karatau, known as Nate, was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. His children are aged 14, 13, 6, 3 and 18-months-old.

The notice said he was loved by "all his siblings, their families, and he was a cherished son to his parents".

His funeral is Tuesday in Marton.

Ms King was unable to attend the funeral.

Alisha Samuel, sister of Mr Karatau's partner Nadine, has set up a Givealittle page to help raise funds for the family. All proceeds will help cover funeral costs and amenities.
Donations can be made at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nadinedalley