Trevor Waite. Photo NZ Herald
Hundreds of mourners today farewelled Trevor Hammond
Waite, the man gunned down alongside Glenys Stanton early on
The 51-year-old, who is referred to in the order of service
as "Trev", and Ms Stanton, 47, were shot multiple times in
his Opaheke home. His daughter Kelsey, 18, found them on
Mr Waite's flower-covered casket remained in a hearse outside
the chapel at Manukau Memorial Gardens while friends and
family respectfully passed and filled the large room.
Dozens of people who could not fit into the chapel stood
outside in the wet and cold weather to hear the service.
One person who attended, who did not want to be identified,
said the manner of Mr Waite's death was not mentioned once.
His three children gave tearful speeches about their father,
along with other members of his family, work colleagues and a
member of his cricket team.
Police officers, including the officer in charge of the
investigation, Detective Inspector Dave Lynch, also attended.
Family members released balloons into the sky to mark the end
of the service.
The funeral director handed out an order of service with a
picture on the front of Mr Waite smiling with a beer in his
Inside is a poem, "The Measure of Man".
It read: "The measure of a man is determined not by his show
of strength or the volume of his voice or the thunder of his
actions or of his intellect or academic abilities.
"It is seen rather in terms of the love that he has for his
family and for everyone, the strength of his commitments and
the genuineness of his friendships, the sincerity of his
purpose, the quiet courage of his convictions."
Media were asked to remain outside.
After the service mourners were invited to join Mr Waite's
family to join them at the reception lounge across from the
Ms Stanton's former boyfriend John Mowatt, 51, died in
Woodhill Forrest near Helensville on Wednesday morning.
Police had been trying to speak to him about the double
murder. Officers found his body moments after hearing a