Covid-19: “I hope you have a good time in paradise”, tribute of his daughter to the second victim of Delta

Auckland’s children of second person to die from Covid-19 Outbreak of the delta remember him as a hardworking man who made them very happy.

Fiatau Pulusi, 55, who was part of the Māngere church group, died on October 6 at Middlemore Hospital in south Auckland, 40 days after being admitted to the intensive care unit. He would have been 56 years old a month after his death.

The Health Ministry confirmed that Pulusi had underlying health issues and was admitted to hospital on August 27.

Fiatau Pulusi died on October 6 from Covid-19, New Zealand's second death from the Delta epidemic.

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Fiatau Pulusi died on October 6 from Covid-19, New Zealand’s second death from the Delta epidemic.

Pulusi was laid to rest in Auckland on Wednesday, and his family and friends around the world were able to celebrate his life in an online service.

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Pulusi has had five children and his wife remains in the intensive care unit at Middlemore Hospital, where she is also being treated for Covid-19.

Wilted flowers from the last ceremony held are still inside the Church of the Assembly of God in Samoa.

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Wilted flowers from the last ceremony held are still inside the Church of the Assembly of God in Samoa.

At the funeral, her children remembered their father in a short video clip.

One of her younger daughters said her daddy was a very kind and respectful man, “and I hope you have a good time in Heaven”.

One of his sons said, “We loved you and you loved us. You will never be forgotten, always remembered. We love you.”

Other family members spoke of Pulusi’s love for his faith and perseverance until the end.

“Tau, my man, I spent 13 years with you, 13 years that I do not regret. You have been an incredible blessing for our family, we appreciate you for everything you have done for us, not only for me but for our family We love you so much, Tau.

After his death, the family at Pulusi Church in South Auckland said he was a dedicated deacon in Manurewa for 10 years.

Rebekah Toleafoa, the faletua (wife of the church minister) of the Church of God in Samoa, said the impact of Covid-19, and now Pulusi’s death, was difficult for the community.

Rebekah Toleafoa says the death of a member of their community was difficult and the church was in mourning.

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Rebekah Toleafoa says the death of a member of their community was difficult and the church was in mourning.

Toleafoa said Pulusi was one of 386 people infected with the virus at a religious event held before Delta’s outbreak was declared.

She encouraged members of the church and the wider Pasifika community to get vaccinated to help save lives.

Church member Danny Leaoasavaii said Pulusi’s death was devastating, especially for the man’s five children.

“It’s mom and dad in the hospital, the kids right now, they’re jostling each other with feelings and emotions, it’s a very difficult time.

“This deceased man from the church means so much because we have worked so hard to try to make sure we can save them all.”

Pulusi was the 28th person to die from Covid in New Zealand since the virus was first reported in early 2020.


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