Pupils sing favourite song for Junior
He could light up the room like nobody else, but friends and family of Junior Ianuali have had to say goodbye.
About 200 people gathered at a funeral this morning to farewell the six-year-old Cannons Creek boy, who was hit by a car and killed on Friday near his school.
His classmates from Cannons Creek School moved the room with their rendition of Junior's favourite song, One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful.
Evelyn Ormsby was Junior's first teacher at Windley School when he arrived in New Zealand from Tuvalu earlier this year.
Junior was an incredibly sweet young boy who had made an impression even in his short time at the school, Ms Ormsby said.
"He was very beautiful and really did light up the room like his favourite song says...He was such a bright boy and was such a lovely child to have in the class.
"He was a friend to everybody."
Junior's great auntie Tupele Moli said Junior was a wonderful big brother to his three siblings.
"He was a very good boy who always had a smile on his face. He was always talking to everyone, asking how they were going.
"Junior's such a friendly boy and a family boy too."
The level of support from the Porirua had been overwhelming, especially as they were so new to the community, Ms Moli said.
"It's a time of sadness and we don't really know where to go or what to do. But now we know that we are not alone, because we have everyone's love.
"The help everyone has given to us has made us strong enough for this."
Cannons Creek School principal Ruth O'Neill said it had been very hard for Junior's classmates since the accident.
"It's very hard for them. They have practised all the time [to sing his favourite song]."
The Dominion Post