Tributes flowing in for a ‘Coast boy’

'RIP hero — a true New Zealander'

'RIP hero — a true New Zealander'

SYMBOLS OF NZ: Two young boys were the centre of a television advertising campaign in 1990 to mark 150 years of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
One of them was chopper pilot and ex-SAS soldier Steve Askin (left), who died on Tuesday fighting the Christchurch fires. He and Wayne "Piwi" Tuapawa, became symbols of New Zealand.

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TRIBUTES have flowed on social media in the district since it was reported that the chopper pilot killed fighting the Christchurch fires spent many of his young years in Ruatoria.

Steve Askin, aged 37, lost his life when his helicopter crashed in the Port Hills on Tuesday.

The ex-SAS soldier and his family spent several years on the East Coast when his father taught at Ngata College during the 1980s and early 1990s.

He has been remembered by some as the young boy who starred with young Tolaga Bay boy Wayne “Piwi” Tuapawa in television advertisements in 1990 to mark 150 years since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. The boys became symbols of New Zealand’s nationhood as they portrayed the bond between Maori and European.

A number of people have used social media to expresses their condolences about the loss of Steve Askin.

“RIP hero — a true New Zealander,” wrote one person.

“I went to school with the Askin kids. How tragic — Taken too soon — RIP,” said another post.

“Boy you have done Aotearoa proud!”

“Steve will surely be remembered by the Coast people.”

“Rest easy warrior.”

Steve Askin will be farewelled in a funeral service to be held on Monday at Wigram in Christchurch.

The Givealittle pages set up to support his wife and two children passed the $100,000 mark overnight.

TRIBUTES have flowed on social media in the district since it was reported that the chopper pilot killed fighting the Christchurch fires spent many of his young years in Ruatoria.

Steve Askin, aged 37, lost his life when his helicopter crashed in the Port Hills on Tuesday.

The ex-SAS soldier and his family spent several years on the East Coast when his father taught at Ngata College during the 1980s and early 1990s.

He has been remembered by some as the young boy who starred with young Tolaga Bay boy Wayne “Piwi” Tuapawa in television advertisements in 1990 to mark 150 years since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. The boys became symbols of New Zealand’s nationhood as they portrayed the bond between Maori and European.

A number of people have used social media to expresses their condolences about the loss of Steve Askin.

“RIP hero — a true New Zealander,” wrote one person.

“I went to school with the Askin kids. How tragic — Taken too soon — RIP,” said another post.

“Boy you have done Aotearoa proud!”

“Steve will surely be remembered by the Coast people.”

“Rest easy warrior.”

Steve Askin will be farewelled in a funeral service to be held on Monday at Wigram in Christchurch.

The Givealittle pages set up to support his wife and two children passed the $100,000 mark overnight.

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