Victim avid supporter of Ranui Action Project
Fatal stab victim Farhat Rana Malik first got involved in the Ranui Action Project after reading about an anti violence initiative.
It was about 11 years ago and Malik, known as Rana to friends, was a new immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan.
The Project, designed to bring the 10,000 strong west Auckland community of Ranui together, was calling for people to attend the Flowers of Peace event.
Malik was soon an avid supporter.
"Before I was lonely, frustrated and depressed and feel myself as an alien in the community. But when I attached to RAP I made friends," she later wrote in one of the organisation's newsletters.
Those same friends are now paying tribute to the mother and grandmother who, along with daughter Sidra, was found dead in her Pooks Rd home on Monday.
Police believe the women died from stab wounds.
Malik's husband Ishrat, 55, has been charged with their murders and appeared in the Waitakere District Court on Tuesday.
Friend and fellow RAP member Vai Atatai says Malik was initially shy but quickly made herself at home at their offices.
"She volunteered for the project, she sorted out our photos, she ran homework for the Pakistani children, she organised the Flowers for Peace," Atatai says.
"She was such a great woman, and kind hearted. She helped me with my own ordeal with the tsunami in Samoa. She was the first person to show up on my door."
Malik also became a member of the Waitakere Ethnic Board and the Urdu Hindi Cultural Association where vice president Mirza Taimoori says she worked hard to promote the Pakistan language to youth.
Education was important to Makil who held a microbiology degree from the University of Karachi and a masters in philosophy.
She was preparing to recite poetry in front of an audience at the association's annual literary gathering this weekend.
Instead members will be mourning her death.
"She will be very much missed," Taimoori says.
Shocked former ethnic board president and close friend Reverend Amail Habib and his wife met with Malik for lunch just last week.
He says her involvement in the community was "entrepreneurial".
"If you called anybody in the Pakistani community they would know her," he says.
"I can only remember her smiling face. I always saw her with her smile and a sparkle in her eyes."
Malik's husband is scheduled to appear for a hearing at the High Court in Auckland on June 4.
- Western Leader
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