29 Mar 2013

George Taiaroa's family 'overwhelmed' by support

1:02 am on 29 March 2013

The bereaved whanau of a man who was shot and killed near Atiamuri in South Waikato last week are acknowledging the people who gave them comfort while they come to terms with his death.

George Taiaroa, 67, was working as a stop-go man at road works on a remote road when he was gunned down.

The family held a news conference in Hamilton on Thursday.

Mr Taiaroa's daughter, Rochai, says staff and students from Te Wananga o Aotearoa were the first ones to console the family, followed by her father's old workmates and concerned people from the community.

She says all of the support her family has received has shown her the true meaning of manaakitanga or caring and respect.

Ms Taiaroa says it's a sign of what kind of person her father was that his death prompted a response from old friends he knew from the 1960s right up to the friends he recently made who hold doctorates and esteemed positions in the community.

In a heartfelt message, she told the news media that's the kind of mana her father had and that he was a good man.

Rochai Taiaroa says her whanau is desperate for any one with any information to come forward to help solve the killing.