Former Tonga Ministry of Health director Dr Laumeesi Malolo has died aged 87.
A family spokesperson has confirmed his death to Kaniva news.
He said Dr Malolo died peacefully in his sleep at Middlemore hospital on Wednesday 30 at 5pm.
Dr Malolo was Tongan-born New Zealand MP Jenny Salesa’s uncle-in-law.
His wife Kasānita Malolo is MP Salesa’s aunt.