27 Jan 2009

Shooting victim's family to set up trust

2:44 pm on 27 January 2009

The family of the teenager fatally shot by police on an Auckland motorway is to set up a trust for his wife and daughter.

The trust will also be used to encourage young people into work.

Halatau Naitoko, 17, got caught up in an armed confrontation as he drove a courier van along Auckland's north-western motorway on Friday. He was shot by an armed offenders squad officer pursuing another man.

Mr Naitoko's family has been inundated with support from neighbours, local businesses, the freight industry and the community at large. Spokesperson Peter Sykes says many people want to contribute financially to a good cause in Mr Naitoko's memory.

He says the trust will support those starting out in employment as a symbol of positive things young people do.

Meanwhile, Mr Naitoko's parents have made it clear that, contrary to some media reports, they do not have an opinion on whether the officer who shot their son should be charged with manslaughter.