The small town may have not seemed busy today, but it will be this week. Parekura will arrive at Hauiti Marae at 9:30 am Wednesday and will lay there in state until Saturday morning.
Parekura was known as a 'kanohi kitea', a man who made sure he was present at different events, in his area and also across Māoridom.
Essie Keelan was also close to Parekura, an aunty of his who supported each and every election campaign for Parekura since he first won the Ikaroa Rāwhiti Electorate in 1999. She says the Coast won't be the same without him.
Hundreds are expected to gather at Hauiti Marae this week before he is buried on Saturday.