Orewa Constable Mike Parker died on December 8 after battling cancer.
The 53-year-old is survived by his wife Tania and children Caleb, 11, and Madison, 8.
Mr Parker was a respected and valued member of the police.
In 1987 he graduated from the Ministry of Transport with the highest result of recruit training. He took a sabbatical in 1990 and ran a boarding kennel until 2004 when he rejoined the force as a general duties officer.
Mr Parker worked on motorway duties and regularly featured on a motorway patrol television series.
After a stint at North Shore he returned to Orewa, and in 2008 followed his passion and took up a role as the Orewa Youth Aid officer dealing with all youth-related matters in the area.
"His very approachable manner meant that he built strong relationships, particularly with youth and their families, and was able to work easily alongside other agencies in the field. That meant that he was able to obtain great results with youth who were at risk," colleague Sergeant Steve Perris says.
"Mike was a well respected and most valued member of the New Zealand Police. He had a quiet resilient manner, with a wonderful dry sense of humour and a friendly demeanour which always made him a pleasure to be around. He was confident with his life, very loving of his family and his position at work. He was a good man."
Colleagues say his underlying internal strength to deal with adversity was an inspiration.
A service for Mr Parker was held on December 12 with more than 350 people attending. A full New Zealand Police guard of honour and salute were given.
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