Christchurch's hero helicopter pilot, the late Steve Askin, was also a champion for unity between Maori and Pakeha when just a 10-year-old boy.

The 39-year-old died this week when his helicopter crashed as he fought the Port Hills fires.

However, a 1990 video produced for the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi has resurfaced, and stars a then bleach blonde Askin alongside Wayne Tuapawa.

Askin died fighting the Port Hills fires. Photo / via Facebook
Askin died fighting the Port Hills fires. Photo / via Facebook

The video, designed to show New Zealand in unity, shows the two boys embracing each other, laughing, playing and building a camp fire along a beach.

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"Our country, our year. Huia, tuia, tui tuia," the a message reads at the conclusion of the clip.

The two boys remained in contact but lost touch after they left school, North & South reported.

Askin was also a the former SAS serviceman, who was injured fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2011.

Askin was also a the former SAS serviceman, who was injured fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2011. Photo / File
Askin was also a the former SAS serviceman, who was injured fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2011. Photo / File