- Publish Date
- Thursday, 21 October 2021, 9:16AM
A group of friends and whānau performed a rousing haka for the widow and children of Sean Wainui as the rugby star began his final journey home for his tangi.
Wainui's heartbroken wife Paige held their two children, Kawariki and Arahia, close as they witnessed the spine-tingling haka.
She shared the poignant tribute to her Instagram account.
"This pain is unbearable. Kei te hoki koe ki tō whenua taurikura my baby māku koe e arahi. I know your waiting for us. We're on our way to gizzy bringing you home now baby," she wrote in the caption.
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The couple had celebrated their first wedding anniversary just six weeks ago.
The 25-year-old died in a single-vehicle crash about 7.50am at McLaren Falls Park, near Tauranga, on Monday.
Wainui played 10 matches for the Māori All Blacks and more than 50 games for the Chiefs and Crusaders.