Mayor Len Brown says Jonah Lomu will be remembered as a great Aucklander and a great New Zealander who left his mark both on and off the rugby field.
Jonah Lomu was born in Mangere in south Auckland and attended Wesley College. Len Brown says Aucklanders and New Zealanders will remember him as a very special person who achieved greatness but also faced great challenges.
“Our thoughts today are first and foremost with Jonah Lomu’s family at their time of loss.
“Jonah was one of Auckland’s greatest sons. He was an icon who New Zealanders from every walk of life respected both for his prowess on the rugby field and for the way that he dealt with his health issues.”
Auckland Council will work with the Lomu family, New Zealand Rugby and the government to consider how Auckland can best celebrate the life of Jonah Lomu and mourn his passing.