TVNZ correspondent Daniel Faitaua's brother passes away after cancer battle

Publish Date
Thursday, 26 March 2020, 11:19AM

TVNZ Europe correspondent Daniel Faitaua's brother has died of cancer.

In a post on Instagram, Faitaua said Anthony passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

"I am feeling emptiness and pain. I am heartbroken. The coronavirus outbreak is adding to the heartbreak because I can't get home and be with family. Saying goodbye to someone you love is always hard but it's harder when you're on the other side of the world."

He said that the last six months hadn't been taken for granted "as we've discovered the true bond of brotherhood through our separate journeys".

He had been face-timing and Instagramming his daily excursions and seen his brother's daily achievements "of making every minute count".

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"My boys even sent videos to their uncle to say 'hi' and check how he's doing before swamping him with clips from band practice, school class council, sporting success and new places they've visited. Anthony was protective, loyal and always put others first.

"He has, will and always inspire me to have courage and be kind.

"I will miss him so much."