Police have released the names of the two men killed when they were struck by a bus in Papatoetoe on Saturday night.
They were Taylor Charles King, 23, from Papatoetoe, and 34-year-old Jeremy Tokotai Kaukasi.
Their deaths have been referred to the coroner.
Kaukasi's sister said he was an amazing big brother. One of his favourite things was taking his nieces and nephews to school and to sports games. He also loved his Nana and was one of her favourites.
The sister, who did not want to be named, said he was well known around Otara as a friendly man.
"He was not afraid to say hello.
"He was humble, he lived life to the fullest.
"He always forgave. Something would happen he would give good advice. He'd say 'just forget about it'."
The sister said family were devastated by his death, missed him and wished the incident was just "a bad dream".
Kaukasi worked as a packer and had gone to Niue in the last few years for a family reunion.
The sister said his favourite food was Milo and bread with no butter. He really loved Milo.
A dozen bunches of flowers lie on the footpath next to where the pair were killed crossing a road on Saturday.
A man working at Choice Takeaways said the men had just bought food from there, before they went to cross Wyllie Rd.
Seconds later a bus, turning left off Puhinui Rd, collided with them.
One woman placing flowers said she didn't know the men, but felt for the family.
"It is such a tragedy. I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone."
Several people living and working nearby said it was a dangerous intersection.
"Cars come really fast around the corner, and don't slow down," one person said.
"When you get the green light [on Puhinui Rd turning onto Wyllie Rd] you aren't looking for pedestrians.
"Some cars don't even stop for the red arrow. And people don't look as they cross. It is a really dangerous intersection."
A man staying across the road was not home on Saturday night, but said it was a "dangerous intersection".
"There have been accidents, but none this bad."
Standing at the scene cars, trucks and buses can be seen whizzing around the corner, left off Puhinui Rd on to Wyllie Rd.
There is a pedestrian crossing, but any pedestrians not using the crossing further around the corner would not be able to see vehicles coming, nor those vehicles see them.
Mark Williams, who works at Parkinson and Bouskill Headstones in a group of shops on the corner, said the corner was prone to accidents.
"I have seen four or five crashes here in the past year.
"Something needs to be done about the lighting system. It is all out of sync and bloody dangerous."
Traffic had been increasing from the airport and with workers coming in from the south.
Williams also wondered if there had been a fault in the lights, as there were power outages in the area last week.
Senior Sergeant Pete Marriott confirmed the bus was travelling away from the airport and turned left up Wyllie Rd.
He said three passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash. They were not injured and were sent home.
The bus driver was being supported, he said.
Manukau East MP Jenny Salesa gave her "thoughts and prayers" to all the family and friends of the two men who had died.
"I am truly sorry for your loss and I hope our Heavenly Father can bring you comfort during this very challenging time."