The Hawkes Bay community has helped raise more than $17,000
for the daughter of Robert Barr, who died from a misfiring
As thousands gathered in Waipukurau to farewell Mr Barr,
Hawkes Bay has rallied behind his daughter by setting up a
fund to help support her while she grows up.
More than 2000 people attended the 31-year-old builder's
funeral, at the Central Rugby and Sports Club in Waipukurau
He played almost 150 games for the club's premier team.
Mr Barr died on July 3, after a freak accident while working
on a rural property in Waipukurau, when a nail gun misfired.
The tragic incident has resonated with the public, sparking
the fundraising campaign.
The Givealittle website has already raised more than $17,420.
The site says the fund will help support Asha while she grows
Mr Barr is survived by his wife Laura and infant daughter
A large number of donations have been posted on the site with
some heartfelt messages being sent to Asha and Mrs Barr,
including a donation and message from Peter and Trudy Hobson.
"Such a tragedy. Our thoughts to your wife, daughter and
family. You were one of the good guys. Cheers Robbie for
Kerrin Mato said: "I'm so sorry for your loss.
"Thoughts are with you and your beautiful daughter. I am a
mother and it breaks my heart.
"Kia kaha and you raise your girl knowing that her daddy
"I am from Pukehou Hawke's Bay and this really hit home.
Arohanui to you and your whanau."
Nicki and Simon Reisima posted that Mr Barr's legacy would
live on through his "beautiful girl".
"She will know how amazing her father was, and how much he
loved her and her mum.
"It's truly a tragedy that she won't grow up with his
physical presence, but he'll always be in her heart and will
live through the stories of others, and will watch over her
and her mamma. All our love xxx."
Mr Barr had only been working for Schaw Building Ltd for two
weeks, business owner Marcus Schaw told Hawke's Bay Today the
day after the tragedy.
"I've known him for years, I played rugby with him but he
only started with us two weeks ago. He was as tough as
buggery and very popular with his teammates and at work."
Central Rugby and Sports Club premier team manager Tony
Lepelaars described the incident as a "freak accident".
He said Mr Barr tripped while holding a nail gun and it fired
striking him in the shoulder area.
The builder realised what had happened and walked outside,
sat down and removed the nail.
Mr Lepelaars said Mr Barr was still in good spirits and even
walked to the Lowe Corporation Helicopter which transported
him to Hawke's Bay Hospital.
But he died the following morning. His case has been referred
to the coroner.
The incident is currently being investigated by WorkSafe New
If you would like to donate to Asha's appeal, visit:
- By Greg Taipari of Hawke's Bay Today