The kayaker who died during a paddling session in the Manukau Harbour near Hillsborough on Sunday was a popular coach at Auckland’s Portage Crossing Outrigger Canoe Club, Stuff reports. Kafoa Hala Latu had been a coach there since 2014. “He was why many people showed up,” said club president Leanne Joyce. Latu coached the Senior Master Women’s team, which placed top three in New Zealand during the National Sprints competition in January 2020. A statement from Tai Paddles said the loss “leaves a huge hole”. “His generosity, vibrancy, enthusiasm, passion and aroha will never be forgotten.”