Gang members gather ahead of Mr Morris' funeral this
morning. Photo: NZ Herald/Brett Phibbs
More than one hundred bikes lined the street outside a
gang headquarters in Auckland as mourners turned out to pay
tribute to Connor Morris.
The long-term boyfriend of Millie Elder-Holmes - daughter of
the late Sir Paul Holmes - died after a brawl overnight on
Saturday in west Auckland.
He will be laid to rest at Waikumete Crematorium in Glen Eden
after a funeral service at a gym in Ellerslie which started
Dozens of patched gang members have already gathered at the
Fight Club 88 gym where Mr Morris' body has lain this week.
His father is prominent Head Hunters member Chris Morris.
Millie Elder-Holmes was not seen entering the club this
Motorcycles line the kerb opposite the gang club, where
members of the east and west chapters formally greeted each
other before going inside.
Bystanders joined the large crowd of mourners standing
Some passersby took taken up spots across the street from the
club, while others walked slowly past, looking at the long
line of motorbikes.
Mourners, many in gang colours of black and red, spilled out
onto Marua Rd, and up the steps of a building next door to
the club which overlooks the entrance of the gym and the
A New Zealand flag was flying at half mast from the club,
against a clear blue sky.
Gang members looked down from a rooftop terrace as a hearse
pulled up, driven by a patched Head Hunter, ready to take Mr
Morris' coffin after the funeral service.
Sir Paul's widow, Deborah, Lady Holmes and the broadcaster's
son Reuben arrived to pay their respects to Mr Morris.
Dressed in black, they walked up the street, passed waiting
media, and into the club.
As more gang members arrived the streets around the club were
taken up by motorbikes.
More than 100 bikes lined the street in front of the club. A
police car was parked down the street and a helicopter flew
The sunny winter morning was replaced by grey clouds and rain
as the funeral service was about to begin.
Earlier this morning, people were seen emerging from the club
with sleeping bags, appearing to have stayed overnight with
Mr Morris' body.
A gang member on a motorbike also drove out of the property.
Last night he family of Millie Elder-Holmes paid tribute to
their "second son", Connor Morris.
Ms Elder-Holmes' mother, Dr Hinemoa Elder, posted a photo of
Mr Morris and her daughter on her Facebook page.
One of her comments about the photo showed it was for her
daughter's birthday last May.
"Connor loved the whole experience, we will always love you
Connor Morris RIP my darling," she wrote.
Dr Elder told Fairfax Media that Mr Morris was a "vibrant
young man, full of energy and fun".
"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
"He had a great sense of humour, he made us laugh!"
She also said her daughter and Mr Morris had a special bond.
"It seemed to us that they had saved each other's lives [from
addiction to P] and they were generous in sharing the power
of their love and commitment to each other.
"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."
Reuben, son of Dr Elder and the late broadcaster Sir Paul
Holmes, said he would miss his sister's partner.
"Connor was a very special man ... He was an understanding,
humble and beautiful person."
A Givealittle donation page has been set up for Ms
Elder-Holmes. At 5pm yesterday, it had gathered more than