First Church farewell for Enere

Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
King’s High School pupils lead a haka in memory of Enere McLaren-Taana at a funeral held at First Church yesterday.

The 16-year-old Trinity Catholic College and former King’s High School pupil died after being stabbed at Dunedin’s bus hub last month.

About 80 vehicles lined the grass outside First Church as mourners left the service — many dressed in pink or wearing pink ribbons.

Some left the church carrying bouquets of flowers while others embraced outside.

Two clusters of about 30 pupils in navy and red, from King’s High School and Trinity Catholic College respectively, were among the crowd gathered outside.

Enere’s coffin was carried from the church to a hearse as pupils performed a haka.

It left the church with two motorcycles in tow for Green Park Cemetery, in Waldronville.

Traffic in Moray Pl was temporarily reduced to one lane as mourners left the service.

A Givealittle page for the McLaren-Taana family has raised more than $18,000. 

 - The Otago Daily Times received permission from Enere’s whānau before photographing the outside of the service.