Millie Elder-Holmes' family has spoken out to express their grief after the death of her long-term boyfriend, Connor Morris.
Elder-Holmes' mother, Hinemoa Elder, former wife of the late broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes, released a statement saying her family loved Morris:
"He was our second son, a brother to Reuben and we could see he and Millie were soulmates. He was such a positive force in our whanau.
"A vibrant young man, full of energy and fun, he had a great sense of humour, he made us laugh!"
Elder said the incredible bond between Morris and her daughter was "a beautiful thing to be around".
"It seemed to us that they had saved each other's lives and they were generous in sharing the power of their love and commitment to each other.''
The statement concluded: "Connor will always be remembered. Our hearts are with our girl, Connor's precious parents, whanau and local community. We all share the extraordinary pain of his tragic passing."
Millie's half brother, Sir Paul and Elder's son Reuben Holmes, said: "Connor was a very special man, in more ways than one. He was an understanding, humble and beautiful person. We will miss him dearly. We are united under the korowai (cloak) of our love for Connor."
Morris died early on Sunday morning following a fight in Massey, West Auckland.
The 26-year-old was in a group of about 15 people walking to a service station to get refreshments when a fight broke out with another similar-sized group having a party on Don Buck Rd.
Morris sustained head injuries, inflicted by an unknown weapon, and later died on the way to hospital.
No-one has yet been arrested in relation to the killing.
Morris was known to police. His father was a member of the Head Hunters motorcycle gang and Morris himself was once a prospect.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said given the nature of the people involved police would be on high-alert in case anyone associated with Morris sought retribution.
Morris' s funeral will be held tomorrow at the Fight Club 88 gym in Ellerslie.