A blessing from a local kaumatua was held this afternoon for the man who fell from a building at Smales Farm, on Auckland's North Shore, yesterday.
About 50 staff gathered together at 2pm to pay their respects to the man, 47, and his family.
The incident happened inside an atrium shared by several businesses including NZI/IAG, Auckland Transport operations, the ASB bank, Columbus coffee and the Quarry bar.
A number of police vehicles and ambulances were parked outside the building after the death about 2.20pm yesterday and the front of the ASB branch was cordoned off.
An office worker who attended the blessing was visibly upset by what he witnessed yesterday.
"I am still traumatised by what I saw," the worker said.
A cafe worker from Columbus coffee said she was shaken by seeing the man's body slumped on the ground of the atrium, in view of lunchtime diners.
"None of us knew him, but it was horrendous. Thankfully the incident happened before school finished."
Another woman said: "Everyone is traumatised and lots of people are getting counselling".
Dr Sarah Hartnall from Shore Clinic was on her way back from lunch when she saw the man at the bottom of the stairwell.
"I called my colleagues Dr Peter Adlam and nurse Joel Razon - we all tried to resuscitate the man," she said.
"I was walking past and saw him and called for help. I started to resuscitate him but he wasn't responsive - there was nothing we could do".
A police spokesperson said the man could not be named until all of his next of kin have been advised.
The spokeswoman said "there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and the matter has been referred to the Coroner".
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