More than $11k fundraised for nine children of couple who drowned at Auckland's Muriwai Beach

A Givealittle page set up for the family of the husband and wife who died after being swept off the rocks at Auckland's Muriwai beach on Monday has raised more than $11,000.

The page has been created for the family by Kevin Hunt who employs two of the couple's sons.

The two victims, Mu Thu Pa and Kay Dah Ukay, were refugees from Burma who moved to New Zealand 10 years ago.

Tha Dah Paw was at the Auckland beach and saw the incident unfold. Source: 1 NEWS

They were parents of nine children, three of which were with them when they died.

Funds raised from the Givealittle page will be will be used for funeral expenses and associated costs including travel, food and accomodation. Any surplus money will go to the family to help cover living costs.

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Mu Thu Pa and Kay Dah Ukay died after falling into the water at West Auckland’s dangerous Muriwai Beach. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I've got my man back' - Dad emotional as he gets back on track with estranged teen at Outward Bound course

An Auckland father wept as he told of the breakdown of his relationship with his son and how taking part in an Outward Bound course for parents and teens has brought them back together.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp visited Outward Bound's gruelling week-long course in the Marlborough Sounds for parents and teens, a programme that's in hot demand. 

School director for Outward Bound, Simon Graney, said putting some work into the parent-teen relationship, "and being conscious about how you want it to be, how you want it to progress for the rest of your life is incredibly important". 

Grant Hohala and is teenage son Jesse are city folk through and through. 

"Couple of boys from the North Shore. We don't get out a lot," Grant said.

So two nights in the bush was always going to be a test. 

"I tried to sing songs to him, and he beat me up for singing to him," Grant said. 

The bigger challenge is rebuilding their father-son bond which was fractured when Jesse fell into the wrong crowd. 

"I just split off from the rest of my family and did my own thing. And that's kind of what got me in trouble," Jesse said.

Grant became emotional as he spoke about the estrangement.

"You never ever want to be not around your son. 

"So, like Jesse and I had a big chat about what was happening.  And so here we are. As a team, bro."

Success at the course relies on being there for each other. 

Jesse said his relationship with his Dad is "definitely" better for coming to the course.

Grant said he hasn't got a son back, but a man.

"I didn't think he'd pull himself back together. I just thought, 'Holy sh**, where did my gorgeous son go?' And now, I haven't got that gorgeous son back. But I've got my man back, and that'll do me."

Seven Sharp’s Arrun Soma took a look in the Marlborough Sounds. Source: Seven Sharp

Iconic Kiwi celebrity chef duo Hudson and Halls' story captured in new book

The much-loved Kiwi duo of Hudson and Halls are being remembered once more, with a new book capturing their lives and love stories.

Peter Hudson and David Halls were New Zealand's first celebrity chefs, as well as lovers, with author Joanne Drayton penning The Food of Love as a tribute to the iconic duo.

"I just wanted to tell that story," Ms Drayton said told Seven Sharp.

"I love biography, telling difficult stories that make us move on in our world.

"If we didn't collect it and put in a book, then it would be lost."

However, not everyone was as eager to share Hudson and Halls' story.

"I was told by a number of publishers, that they were dead. I mean I knew that, but they meant dead in people's memories. I thought - that can't be.

"This is a story that needs to be told."

And told it was, with with the duo's recipes, love story and secrets immortalised in pages for future generations.

Hudson & Halls The Food of Love is written by Joanne Drayton. Source: Seven Sharp