As the world woke to the news of Jonah Lomu's passing, one whānau in particular treasure a special moment they shared recently with the rugby legend during the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC).
Whilst in London during the RWC, Lomu was the Mastercard ambassador for the tournament.
Ngāti Rānana performers were given the chance to support Lomu as part of his "Unstoppable Tour" at The Grange St Paul's Hotel, where they took part in what seems to be the last time Jonah Lomu performed the world-famous Te Rauparaha haka, Ka Mate.
As the clip shows, it happened at about 10pm at night, where performers noticed a very tired Lomu compared to other times they'd met with him. Bruce Simpson (Hokianga) recounts that night saying, "I've done haka with Jonah in Marseille, Paris, Glasgow, Edinburgh and here in London about five times over the years. Jonah didn't look well at the time (on this particular occasion). He soldiered on but it was not the same guy I had met so many other times."
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, former English Rugby player Martin Johnson, Jonah's wife Nadene and their young boys Brayley and Dhyreille, were sitting at Jonah Lomu's table when they performed the haka with him that night.
Simpson says, "He (Lomu) was always upbeat in all the times I had worked with him. A quiet humble man but always polite and happy. I always thought that he never really understood just how famous he was. If he did you would never know it. He was very very humble."
Photo: MasterCard UK YouTube
Ngāti Rānana were also fortunate to stand alongside Lomu in a surprise flash mob haka in front of London's iconic Covent Garden, organised by MasterCard UK.
As part of his blog on jonahlomu.com, Lomu says, "It’s always an honour to perform the haka, whether you’re representing your nation in front of 80,000 people or performing for a group of unsuspecting rugby fans."
He goes on to say how that moment was particularly special for his wife and two boys as well.
"I didn't think I would perform the haka again," Lomu said, "My two sons have never seen me do the haka before and this has brought it to life for me. It is something special for them."
You can watch the full clip here: