Green MP Efeso Collins, 49, has died after collapsing at a charity event this morning.

Emergency services rushed to treat the first-term MP after he collapsed.

He was participating in a charity event for ChildFund in Auckland’s Britomart when the incident occurred.

Staff at the scene were visibly emotional and crying as medical work appeared to stop on Collins.

An organiser told 1News Collins had died: “A great man has died doing something for the community.

“He seemed in such good spirits, and it was all very quick… It’s devastating that this has happened but I think he’s died doing something for a good cause.”

Collins was reportedly in high spirits and joking just moments before he collapsed. In a statement, police confirmed the death.

“Police assisted Hato Hone St John staff after a man suffered a medical event at Te Komititanga, off lower Queen Street,” a spokesperson said. “Sadly, despite medical assistance we can confirm the man has died at the scene.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the incident this morning.”

Floral tributes left at Britomart for Efeso Collins.

Staff and emergency services later gathered around the body outside Britomart for prayer and remembrance led by community advocate Dave Letele. A marquee was set up around the body before it was taken away at about 10.15am.

The event, featuring high-profile Kiwis including Hilary Barry and MC Matty McLean, aimed to raise awareness and money “to bring safe, clean drinking water to children in the Pacific”.

Competitors raced against each other carrying buckets of water “because every drop of water is precious”.

A karakia was held at the scene in Auckland's Britomart after Efeso Collins died.

Collins, a New Zealand-born Samoan, rose to prominence with his unsuccessful Auckland mayoral campaign in 2022.

He ran as an independent with the endorsement of Labour and the Greens.

He had been a Labour member of Auckland Council since 2016. He retired from local politics after the campaign and was elected to Parliament with the Green Party last year as a list MP.

ChildFund staff at the scene were visibly emotional.

“Prior to entering local and national politics, Efeso lectured in teacher education, consulted in leadership development and cross-cultural communication, published research in youth gangs and mentoring and developed youth mentoring programmes,” his biography on the Green Party website reads.

“He was the first in his family to attend and graduate from university and holds a master’s degree in education.

“Efeso is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his kids at local playgrounds, can be found on the odd Saturday reffing touch rugby or netball, and enjoys a good milkshake.

“He holds the Samoan ali’i chief title of Fa’anana from the village of Satufia, Satupaitea in Savaii.”

Flowers adorn Efeso Collins' seat in Parliament.

Collins was the party’s spokesperson for a number of portfolios including Local Government and Pacific Peoples.

Lawrence Xu-Nan is next on the Green Party’s list.

‘A profound shock to everyone’

People have started to lay flowers at the scene of the charity event where Efeso Collins died.

A statement from the Green Party’s co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw at about 10.50am confirmed Collins’ death.

“We are absolutely devastated. A beautiful family has lost a dedicated father, husband, and community leader.

“The news today has come as a profound shock to everyone, and our absolute priority is to Efeso’s wife and young girls.

“Aotearoa and the Green Party have lost one of the kindest, most dedicated champions of fairness and equality.”

‘A passionate advocate for our community’

People have started to lay flowers at the scene of the charity event where Efeso Collins died.

A statement from the Labour Party leader Chris Hipkins and deputy leader Carmel Sepuloni said they were “devastated” by the news.

“I have deep respect for him and his politics and am saddened by the news today,” Hipkins said.

Sepuloni, the most senior member of Labour’s Pacific Caucus, echoed Hipkins’ comments.

“We are thinking of Efeso’s wife and his two beautiful daughters, his wider whānau, friends and community.”

‘An incredibly sad day’

An emotional Letele told 1News: “We’re here for an amazing cause… and the bro was giving his time.

“It’s just an incredibly sad day. I believe Efeso, his impact was only just beginning now with the Green Party and being in Parliament.

“It’s a huge loss for his family, for his wife and for New Zealand as a whole, especially our people.”

He said Collins represented hope for many.

“Hope that it is possible to come from where we come from and be a success,” Letele continued.

Flowers and a Samoa beanie tribute to Efeso Collins at Britomart square.

“He was always very good to me, even though we didn’t always agree on things politically. We were friends.

“I always look to people like him as, again, aspiration to show what’s possible.”

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