New Zealand
Eden Park confirmed for Jonah Lomu memorial service
November 23, 2015
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced Jonah Lomu's memorial service details.

A public service will be held in Eden Park on Monday November 30, from 1pm to 3pm.

The former All Blacks winger died of a cardiac arrest last Wednesday after he flew back to New Zealand from the Rugby World Cup.

Mr Key said Lomu had touched people's lives across the country and throughout the world.

"The service will be a celebration of Jonah's life and I expect a large number of people will want to be there."

The service will be open to all members of the public who want to remember Lomu's contribution to rugby and also his work with charities such as UNICEF and Kidney Kids NZ.

A private funeral will be held on December 1.

A special 'Aho Faka Famili' (Day of the Family) event on November 28 at the Vodafone Events Centre will allow Pacific Islanders to pay their respects in a traditional manner.

Lomu family spokesman, former All Black coach John Hart, said the family was grateful for the government's support.


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