March to make Cowards Punch law legal in NZ

MMA fighter Fau Vake died after being king hit in May. Photo: Givealittle.

People will be marching to the steps of parliament tomorrow in a effort to make the "Cowards Punch Law" legal in New Zealand.

The call for a change in the law comes after promising MMA fighter Fau Vake died after being critically injured in an attack in Auckland.

Vake was admitted to hospital in critical condition in May. He died a week later from injuries he sustained.

Combat sport commentator Mike Angove confirmed the fighter's death on May 23.

"It is with inexplicable sadness almost seven days to the hour after his hospital admission, Fau’s fight to find his way back to us ended.

"At this tragic time, the Vake family and City Kickboxing ask for time to grieve and reflect on the loss of Fau, a father, a son and a much loved brother to us all.”

Stuff reports that Vake was rushed to hospital after allegedly being king hit.

Four people have been charged in connection to the incident.

A 29-year-old is facing a charge of wounding with intent to injure, while another 29-year-old is facing two counts of assaulting with intent to injure.

A 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old man are both faces charges of common assault.

A Givealittle page has now been set up to help Vake’s family during this time.

Since Vake's death, the New Zealand community has called for harsher penalties against such crimes.

A petition has been set up calling for mandatory prison sentences for anyone found guilty of such an act.

People behind the petition are expected to march to parliament tomorrow to raise awareness of the issue.

In a post on the Let's make the "Cowards Punch" a law in NZ Facebook page is calling for people to meet at Starbucks at the beginning of Lambton Quay in Wellington at 12pm.

"If you can make it earlier by the time it hits 12pm, so we can keep a roll on be great!

"Hope to see you all there! Let’s stand up for this NZ. Bring your signs and make sure voices are loud."