Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to fallen police officer Matthew Hunt

NZ 10/07/2020

Family and friends have paid tribute to slain constable Matthew Hunt during his funeral in Auckland.

The 28-year-old, who was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in June, was farewelled at Eden Park on Thursday. 

During the service Hunt was described as an empathic, multifaceted young man who was living a "full and rich life". 

He relished his role in the police, love testing himself and the discipline of sport.

Hunt's mother Diane said no parent wants to lose a child. She described Hunt as a sports lover who always dreamed of being a police officer. 

"From a very young age Matthew expressed his desire to join the police, it never wavered. He found his forever family with the police, it was a perfect fit for him."

"Matthew, those who love you saw behind your veil of humility and we saw the calibre of the man you were destined to become."

"I love you Matthew now and forever, everyday in every way you made me so proud to be your mum."

She said her son had everything "to live for". Hunt's sister, Ellie, said her brother would be "deeply missed" by many.