- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 8:32AM
A "shining light from the day she was born", Kiriana Morrison was creative, positive and loved by her friends and family.
The 17-year-old granddaughter of the late Sir Howard Morrison was killed in a car crash in Auckland on Sunday morning. Tomorrow she will be laid to rest in Rotorua, alongside her grandfather.
Kiriana was a rear seat passenger in one of two cars that collided about 2.15am on Auckland's Northwestern Motorway. No one else was seriously injured.
A whanau spokesperson told the Rotorua Daily Post Kiriana was a "beautiful angel" and said the teenager's death was tragic and senseless.
"It's a shocking and preventable death. The full realisation has yet to sink in."
The spokesperson said Kiriana loved drama and the creative arts and was a "natural communicator" with a passion for kapa haka.
Kiriana will be brought back to Rotorua today . Her funeral will be held at St Faith's Church tomorrow before she is buried beside her grandfather in Kauae Cemetery.
A police spokeswoman said inquiries were continuing into the cause of the crash.
- Full story at NZ Herald