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Kids stab trader

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, June 12, 2014

FORMER Fiji bank officer Arun Kumar migrated to New Zealand 10 years ago so that his children could have the opportunity of a better life and greater education opportunities.

He and his wife were a hardworking couple and in five years they managed to save enough to open a dairy shop in Auckland, New Zealand.

So it came as a shock to his family when they received news of his death on Tuesday.

Mr Kumar was allegedly stabbed to death while opening his shop along Great North Rd in the Henderson Suburbs in Auckland. The main suspects in the killing have been identified as a 13 and 12-year-old.

Speaking from New Zealand, Mr Kumar's brother-in-law, Satya Nand, said the 57-year-old was instrumental in providing a better life for his family.

"He was very hard working and he did what he can to provide for his family," he said.

"They both had a good job in Fiji but they wanted to pursue a better life and provide a good education for his children. He and his wife found work very quickly here and about five years ago they opened the dairy shop in Auckland."

He said Mr Kumar was doing well and was well respected among his peers.

"He started his own business and that is something that is not easy to do when you are from another country but he accomplished it within the 10 years he has been here."

Mr Kumar's son Shivneel, an aircraft engineer at Auckland International Airport, said the family suffered a great loss.

"You know, we're just going to take it day by day and as you can imagine, we are still emotionally distraught over all of this," he said.

Mr Kumar is survived by his wife and two children.

Meanwhile, New Zealand authorities have confirmed that the 13-year-old has been charged with one count of murder.

Manukau Indian Association president Veer Khar said the killing for potentially only a small amount of cash, was disgraceful.

"I think for the whole of New Zealand this is a big shock," Mr Khar told NZ media.

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