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'She is not ready'- Nadene Lomu defended after missing Jonah's church service

Jonah Lomu's mother joined community leaders, sporting idols and hundreds of other supporters at last night's memorial service in Mangere but questions were raised after his wife Nadene was notably absent. 

John Hart says Nadene Lomu not ready to attend public services. Source: 1 NEWS

A two-hour tribute to the fallen All Black winger took place at the Tongan Methodist church Lotofale'ia, where Lomu once attended as a child, with Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and MP for Mangere, Su'a William Sio, among the dignitaries at the service which involved musical performances, hymns and prayers.

At today's announcement of Lomu's public memorial arrangements, family spokesperson and former All Blacks coach John Hart told media of the difficulty Nadene and their two children were experiencing but said she "has come through a period of shock and is starting to get more balance."

The announcement also marked the first time a member of the Lomu family had spoken since Jonah's death, with his brother John making himself available for comment.

However, his inolvement in the announcement was short-lived after a question aimed at Nadene's absence saw Hart step in before he could answer.

"The service last night was not an official service," explained Hart. 

"Nadene, at this stage, is not ready to go to a service. Her public appearances will be around the [memorial] on Monday [at Eden Park] and obviously at the church service on the Tuesday."

Nadene Lomu drew criticsm after she set up a controversial Givealitte page in her husband's name just over 24 hours after his passing. Public interest saw the Givealittle website crash for a brief time.

It was later revealed to ONE News that Nadene had asked someone else to create the page and that the family felt it was 'poorly written'.

The page was updated to clarify why donations were being sought before it was taken down completely. 

At the time a family memeber told ONE News: "Nadene isn't setting up pages on the internet. She's been in her bed just crying the whole time.

"It was set up by someone else but the writing on the page was off."