NZ man killed in Saudi Arabia

AMY MAAS
Last updated 13:08 14/09/2012

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A Kiwi father of three killed in a car crash in the Middle East was planning to marry his fiancee in November.

Wellsford man Rawson Wright had been living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for seven years, working as a manager on a dairy farm.

His father, also named Rawson, said details on how the accident happened on September 2 are still being worked through.

"It was his four wheel drive and a truck, the details are yet to be worked through and we have yet to have clarity on that," said Wright.

He said his eldest son had only recently become engaged to his fiancee, Susan, and was set to celebrate his wedding in Rarotonga in November.

The 37-year-old had three children and was described as someone who "loved to fish, travel, but above all he loved his children".

Wright said his grandchildren were "holding up quite well" despite their father's death.

"They lost their great nanny about four days ago so it's a bit of a double banger. I think it will only hit them in the next few weeks," he said.

Rawson frequently saw his children, who lived in New Zealand, as he was flown home six times a year by the farm, Almarai, after working six to eight-week stints at a time.

Wright said after news of the accident, the family's main focus was to get Rawson back home.

"We managed to get him home ... and have him back in New Zealand, he'll always be here with us now."

Rawson's family are preparing to farewell him at Waikaretu Marae in Pouto tomorrow at 11am.

"It will go well. We've had some lovely signs that said it will," said his father.

"Things like some geckos ran in front of me yesterday, they're a sign of good luck to my family."

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