Tongan fruit picker dead after suspected heart attack in van at Hastings parking lot

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Siosifa Havili and Sefita Hao'uli (standing) at Wellington Hospital. Photo/File Photo

A Tongan man has died of a suspected heart attack in a parking lot in Hastings, New Zealand after authorities were alerted by a member of the public.

Siosifa Havili, 46, was found slumped over the wheel of the van he had been driving on Gordon Road last night Wednesday 9 at about 10pm, Tongan government RSE liaison officer Sefita Haoʻuli told Kaniva News this morning.

Havili’s death appeared to be medical but would be referred to the Coroner, Hao’uli said.

He said the deceased was admitted to Wellington Hospital six weeks ago where he received four stents.

He also had Type 1 diabetes and had regularly visited his doctor.

Hao’uli said the employer had checked the GPS of the vehicle and could tell Havili arrived at Gordon Road at 6.40 pm, and was found by a member of the public, at around 10 pm.

Havili’s employer was working with authorities to arrange for his insurance cover and organise flight so his body could be sent back to Tonga.

Havili came to New Zealand in February and worked for Mr Apple before he moved to Thornhill Contracting company on a joint ATR in May.

He was the leader of a group of 12 boys.

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