Air NZ engineer killed in Christchurch terror attack

5:56 am on 18 March 2019

The daughter of a long serving Air New Zealand engineer killed in the Christchurch mosque massacres describes her father as a man of many talents.

Wellington Airport

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Lilik Abdul Hamid was among those shot and killed at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue.

Mr Hamid had worked as an aircraft maintenance engineer at the airline for more than 15 years.

His daughter Zhania Anindya said he had a passion for engines.

"If there's something wrong with my fridge in my flat I call him and he always know what to do so I never thought about fixing anything or paying for anything because Dad always did it. His passion has always been with all things engines, not just aircraft."

Air New Zealand's chief executive Christopher Luxon said the airline was devastated to lose one of its team and Mr Hamid's death would be felt deeply by the airline.

Mr Luxon said Mr Hamid was a valued part of the engineering team in Christchurch.

He said the engineers were doing all they could to support Mr Hamid's wife Nina, and their children Zhania and Gerin.

He acknowledged the many, many other families, including the families of some Air New Zealand's team members, who have also lost loved ones in this tragedy, and the wider Muslim and Christchurch communities.

A close family friend, Dietce Apriani, has described Mr Hamide as a good man. She said the family want to remember that he died in a holy place, worshipping god, not how he died.