New Zealand is in disbelief after learning of the passing of Efeso Collins, a Green party member of parliament, who died following a charity run.

New Zealand is in disbelief after learning of the passing of Efeso Collins, a Green party member of parliament, who died following a charity run.

Citizens of New Zealand, including politicians from different parties, have shared their disbelief and sorrow over the unexpected passing of Efeso Collins, a Green Party member of parliament. Collins collapsed while participating in a charity run in Auckland on Wednesday.

The Green party released a statement expressing their deep shock and sorrow over the passing of Efeso Collins, a member of parliament.

“We are deeply saddened. A wonderful family has lost a devoted father, husband, and influential member of the community.”

At the age of 49, Collins became a member of parliament representing the Green Party in the October 2023 election, following six years as a councillor for Auckland’s Manukau ward affiliated with the Labour party. In 2022, he also ran for mayor of Auckland, but was ultimately defeated by Wayne Brown.

According to the Greens, Collins fainted following his participation in the ChildFund Water Run, a fundraising activity for the organization dedicated to providing clean drinking water to children in the Pacific. This cause was personally important to him.

The medical team on site quickly responded to Efeso’s situation and made every effort to revive him. We are thankful for their prompt action.

“Aotearoa and the Green party have suffered a loss of one of their most compassionate and devoted advocates for justice and equality.”

Collins, who was of Samoan and Tokelauan descent, gave his maiden speech to parliament less than a week ago, where he spoke about being the youngest of six children born in South Auckland suburb Ōtara to parents who arrived from Samoa in the early 1960s.

He mentioned his upbringing in government housing and education at nearby schools. Lately, he has been rediscovering the Samoan language and was given the high title of Fa’anānā from his mother’s village in Samoa.

“I aspire to inspire those who feel like outsiders, outcasts, overlooked, unappreciated, and unnoticed. I want to empower the dreamers who strive for more, demand more, are eager for change, and possess the extraordinary talent to push us beyond our limits during my time in this House.”

The death of Collins has left Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in a state of shock and sadness.

Luxon expressed his condolences for Efeso, describing him as a kind and friendly man who was a strong supporter of his Samoan and South Auckland communities. He also extended his sympathies to Efeso’s family, community, and colleagues.

Carmel Sepuloni, the deputy leader of the Labour party, stated that Collins is a strong supporter of our community and a source of inspiration for the individuals living in South Auckland and the Pacific community of New Zealand.

Sepuloni expressed that the passing of this brave individual will be deeply felt by many.

The chief executive of Auckland Council, Phil Wilson, expressed that the city has experienced a great loss with the passing of “a dedicated and motivating leader, whose impact on local government and relationship with the Auckland Council will always be remembered.”

Many people on social media are remembering Collins as a compassionate and kind person who was a strong supporter of Pasifika communities and a powerful speaker. He had previously contributed opinion pieces to the Guardian.

The Greens stated that Collins dedicated his life to serving others and making a positive impact.

“We will strive to emulate Efeso’s dedication and selflessness in always prioritizing the greater good above our own interests. His actions serve as an example for us every day.”