A video has surfaced of Sean Wainui's friends and whānau performing a truly moving and emotional haka for his wife Paige and their children, as the rugby star began his final journey home for his tangi.
Wainui's heartbroken wife Paige held her two young children close while they bore witness to the spine-tingling haka.
She shared the powerful tribute to her Instagram account.
"This pain is unbearable. Kei te hoki koe ki tō whenua taurikura my baby māku koe e arahi. I know your waiting for us. We're on our way to gizzy bringing you home now baby," she wrote in the caption.
More than $184,000 has so far been raised via a Givealittle page set up by the Chiefs.
"Sean Wainui was an incredible rugby player, father, husband and proud of his Māori heritage," the Chiefs wrote on the fundraising page.
"With the outpouring of love from the rugby world and fans both nationally and internationally, our club wanted to set up a way we can all contribute to Sean's family during this difficult time.
"Once a Chief, always a Chief," they said.