Hundreds of friends and family members have gathered at the Owaka Memorial Community Centre today to remember a popular teenager who was killed in a quad bike crash last week.
Rowan Cai Parker, 16, was killed on Boxing Day when his quad bike fell 150 metres off a cliff at Marks Bay - a remote a rugged area in the Catlins.
Mourning the loss of the teenager, the hall was packed with people struggling to hold back tears and many hugging one another and sharing their grief.
Boxes of tissues were passed around outside while music flooded from the hall.
Silence soon blanketed the crowds as the boy's immediate family arrived.
The family declined to speak to media.
- The Southland Times