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.


"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.
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