It was a sad night and tearful reunion for families and friends of the late Barry Tari, one of the two Regional Seasonal Employers (RSE) workers who tragically died in a fatal crash in New Zealand as they received his body at the Bauerfield Airport last night.
The Commissioner of Labour Muriel Meltenoven and her staff were also at the airport to pay their respects and receive his body.
Commissioner Meltenoven said the tragic death was a shock to his families and the Department of Labour.
Before handing the body to his relatives, she said it was the first time for Tari to travel to New Zealand for seasonal employment and he died in the fatal crash at the end of his second month there.
She thanked the relatives who helped the department help ease the clearance of the body to be sent over for proper burial.
His employer, Jodie Johnston of Trevelyan Company was on the same flight last night, and offered her assistance towards his burial where needed.
The late Tari’s body was taken home for the night and it will be flown to Pentecost today for burial.
It is expected that the body of the second deceased RSE worker will arrive tonight.
The fatal crash marked the second tragic accident after three ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers died in Australia in 2017, when the van they were in collided head-on with a semi-trailer on the highway.