A woman stabbed to death with her daughter in her West
Auckland home has been described as ‘‘completely selfless"
because of her dedicated work in the local community.
Farhat Rana Malik - known to her friends and colleagues as
Rana - was involved in several community groups in the Ranui
and wider West Auckland region.
Police did not reveal their identities, but friends confirmed
to the Herald that Ms Malik, in her 50s, and a daughter were
found dead by police at the Pooks Rd property, about 10am
Ms Malik's bus driver husband Ishrat Malik, known as Mike,
lived at the house and the couple had two other children.
A neighbour who did not want to be named said he saw a man
being taken away by police.
‘‘I came downstairs and there were police all over the road
and about three ambulance staff.
‘‘The guy was in the back of the car wearing handcuffs and
speaking to the police and ambulance staff who were maybe
treating him, too."
Former president of the Waitakere Ethnic Board and friend Ann
Degia-Pala said news of the deaths had come as a huge shock.
‘‘It's a difficult time for many friends. [Rana] was known to
many people in the community.
‘‘I met her some 10 years ago ... Both Rana and her husband
were members of the board."
Mrs Degia-Pala cried as she spoke about a woman who she
described as being ‘‘completely selfless".
Ms Malik, of Pakistani descent, was connected to the Ranui
Action Project - which organises community events - and was
also a member of the Waitakere Ethnic Board and the Pakistan
Association of NZ.
Another family friend, the Rev Amail Habib , said he and his
wife had met Ms Malik for lunch last week.
Mr Habib said their friend had revealed that she had not been
living at home for some time.
‘‘But we dropped her home at the house in Ranui. She was a
very good friend of ours. She was a wonderful person.
‘‘She loved her family and we were very happy to meet her and
spend time with her."
Detective Inspector Greg Cramer said a 55-year-old man, who
was known to the victims, made a 111 call to police shortly
after 10am, and was at the scene when police arrived.
Mr Cramer said the man was helping with inquiries and police
were not seeking anyone else over the deaths.