Mike Haines was a deeply compassionate man whose personality lit up a room.
Also known as Djdfuse, he had an infectious zest for life and was loved by all those who crossed his path.
The memory of a police officer walking up her driveway last Tuesday is one that will haunt his wife, Krystle Haines, forever.
"I honestly thought to myself: ‘what has he done now?'," she said.
Mike was buried in a slip while working as a contractor on a Rapurapu Rd property on Tuesday. Despite rescue efforts, he could not be revived and died at the scene.
Krystle met Mike 10 years ago when he delivered her new bed to her house.
"We got talking and he told me he was in a band. I worked at a local bar so we exchanged numbers," she said.
Mike's band ended up playing at the bar Krystle worked at, conveniently on a night that she wasn't working but enjoying a few drinks.
From that moment, the couple were inseparable. They moved to Tauranga and then to Putaruru, but decided that Matamata was where they wanted to buy a home and bring up their children.
They were married on January 8, 2011, after being engaged "forever".
"His whole world revolved around the kids and me," she said. "He worked so hard, it didn't matter how tired he was."
His other passion was music. He grew up in Tokoroa and was heavily involved in music at his church.
He was a regular disc jockey at TRAC Bar and had played gigs throughout the country.
"All our kids love music. We're going to set his turntables up in the house so the kids can play with them, that's what Mike would have wanted."
Instead of being angry at Mike's death, Krystle has decided to focus on their children - Heaven, Keeley, Jasmine, Hunter and Bentley - as she knows her husband would have wanted.
"Anyone who knew Mike would know that all he'd be worried about was making sure the kids and I were OK," she said.
"I know each day will get a little easier. I know he's still around because I see him every day in our children."
Krystle said she would like to acknowledge and thank their family and friends, and members of the Matamata community.
"Matamata is home to us," she said.
"We are blessed to live in such an amazing and caring community."
A tribute night for Mike will take place at TRAC Bar on Friday night. His good friends Tiny and Shan will DJ on the night.
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