More than 500 friends and family have gathered to farewell the young Wellington rugby player who died after suffering a head injury during a match.
Daniel Baldwin, 19, fell into a coma after the accident, and died in hospital on Wednesday night.
His funeral was held at the Wellington Football Club in Hataitai this morning, with extra seating added in another room for people to watch the ceremony on a screen.
Teammates from his club performed a haka as the casket was brought out of the service.
His family asked people to donate money to the SPCA and the Wellington Free Ambulance in lieu of flowers.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.