Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Council mourns ‘fierce advocate’ for south Auckland

Auckland Council Chief Executive, Phil Wilson says the organisation is “reeling” from the sad news of the passing of former councillor, Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, this morning

Mr Wilson said Tāmaki Makaurau had lost a passionate and inspiring leader, whose contribution to local government and connection to the Auckland Council will forever be remembered.

“Our heartfelt condolences go to Fia and the girls, and their wider aiga, we are here for you,” he said.

“He will be remembered as a champion for Pasifika communities across Tāmaki Makaurau and a fierce advocate for those he represented in south Auckland. He was a truly good person and a valued colleague.”

Efeso’s contribution to local politics began with a term on the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board. He served two terms as an Auckland Council ward councillor, representing the Manukau ward from 2016 to 2022.

“It’s a sad day for Auckland. He was a good man; my heart goes out to his family. Efeso is someone I had a lot of respect for and although we competed for the Mayoralty, we actually became quite good friends,” said Auckland Mayor, Wayne Brown.

“The former Manukau ward councillor will be greatly missed by the Governing Body, and many people across the wider council group. He was a bold Pacific leader and champion for South Auckland.”

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