It was supposed to be the overseas trip of a lifetime. Instead, a boating holiday ended in tragedy for a well-known former Te Puke kiwifruit orchardist. Sandra Conchie speaks to his shocked family in Tauranga as they share their memories of a loving father and grandfather and the impact he has had on their lives.

''It's been a big shock. I still can't believe it.''

Those are the words Brett Muir uses to describe the death of his father who drowned in the United Kingdom while on the trip of a lifetime.

John Thomas Woodrow Muir, 84, had planned his

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