The young man killed while travelling home to Katikati after visiting his girlfriend in Rotorua has been remembered as a gentle soul with a quiet strength. Eliesa "Tonga" Lolohea was only 20 when he crashed on State Highway 36 on Monday. Today, his heartbroken family speak to Sandra Conchie about that moment the police knocked on their door and how their lives have since been turned upside down in grief. Tonga, as he was known to many, was a "beautiful soul".


Breaking the news of his son's death to the rest of the children was the hardest thing for Katikati

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