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« Reply #150 on: July 09, 2011, 02:52:33 pm »

Former first lady Betty Ford has died at age 93, says the director of late President Gerald Ford's library and museum.


She was the co-founder of the Betty Ford Center for the treatment of addiction, in Rancho Mirage, California.

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« Reply #151 on: July 17, 2011, 09:03:00 am »

A leading figure in the revival of the Maori language, central to the creation of Maori immersion schools, has died.

Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira, of Ngati Porou, generated interest in te reo Maori through her influence as an artist, writer, scholar, intellectual, organiser and teacher. Newstalk ZB has reported her death.

Dame Katerina was born in Tokomaru Bay in 1932, and leaves behind nine children and 50 grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5296705/Leading-Maori-language-figure-Dame-Katerina-dies
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« Reply #152 on: July 22, 2011, 06:29:08 pm »



Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, New Zealand's longest serving female MP, has passed away, the Labour Party has confirmed.

The former Cabinet Minister and Labour MP died in the ''last couple of days'', Labour MP Parekura Horomia said this afternoon.

''She was a great Maori leader and certainly she will be sadly missed. She was one of the real great New Zealand woman leaders too because she did a lot of firsts.''

Whetu, of Ngai Tahu, was Labour MP for Southern Maori for 29 years, from 1967 till 1996. She famously travelled up to 40,000km each year getting around her electorate.

She was born in 1932, and pioneered educational, welfare, cultural, and community programmes for Maori people for over 30 years.

When she appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1993, her citation said she had worked towards the "harmonious relationship between the Maori and European New Zealand communities and advocated on behalf of Maori in order to remove disparities between the two cultures".

She was Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Social Welfare, and Minister for the Environment.

She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal, was the founding President of the New Zealand Maori Students' Federation and as Vice-President of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association in 1960, she advocated the student health counselling service, the instigation of tuition in te reo, and the offering of New Zealand history courses at university.

Her citation also said she advocated for Maori news on radio and television, the protection of Maori fishing grounds, the Tangata Whenua vote, and she pioneered preventative health education in Maori.

It is understood she died in Wellington.  A public service would be held on August 12, Mr Horomia said. No further details of the service were available.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5327345/Dame-Whetu-Tirikatene-Sullivan-dies
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« Reply #153 on: July 24, 2011, 10:51:56 am »

Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her apartment in London on Saturday, the UK Press Association reported. She was 27.


Last month, Winehouse canceled the remainder of her 12-city European concert tour.


The singer had a history of battling drugs and alcohol. Winehouse recently left a British rehab program that a representative said was intended to prepare her for the European concerts.

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« Reply #154 on: July 24, 2011, 11:18:55 am »

A bit sad, no surprises though...
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« Reply #155 on: July 25, 2011, 12:54:04 am »

Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson has died today after a short illness.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias said the Chief Judge was an outstanding judicial leader and a dear friend and cherished colleague to all judges, across all courts.

"Chief Judge Johnson was someone who exercised the authority of office scrupulously, with care for all and no airs.  He was generous, good-humoured, and measured in all he did.  He was a fine lawyer and, as Chief Judge, led from the front."

Dame Elias said Judge Johnson took the mission of the District Courts very seriously and worked to serve all communities.

He was also an accomplished judicial administrator, earning the admiration of officials and the heads of other benches, as well as the gratitude of his own judges, she said.

"Russell Johnson was great New Zealander.  He was a man of great kindness and decency who loved his country and its people.  He is a loss to us all.  Those who were privileged to work with him and call him a friend feel particularly bereft.  And their thoughts and love are with Margaret Johnson and the family."

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« Reply #156 on: July 25, 2011, 04:42:26 am »

Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson has died today after a short illness.

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias said the Chief Judge was an outstanding judicial leader and a dear friend and cherished colleague to all judges, across all courts.

"Chief Judge Johnson was someone who exercised the authority of office scrupulously, with care for all and no airs.  He was generous, good-humoured, and measured in all he did.  He was a fine lawyer and, as Chief Judge, led from the front."

Dame Elias said Judge Johnson took the mission of the District Courts very seriously and worked to serve all communities.

He was also an accomplished judicial administrator, earning the admiration of officials and the heads of other benches, as well as the gratitude of his own judges, she said.

"Russell Johnson was great New Zealander.  He was a man of great kindness and decency who loved his country and its people.  He is a loss to us all.  Those who were privileged to work with him and call him a friend feel particularly bereft.  And their thoughts and love are with Margaret Johnson and the family."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5332933/Chief-District-Court-Judge-dies-after-illness

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« Reply #157 on: July 25, 2011, 11:20:13 am »

He will be sorely missed - why do the good die young?
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« Reply #158 on: July 27, 2011, 11:48:27 am »



http://hubpages.com/hub/Amy-Winehouse-Joins-The-27-Club
...some of the other great influential music artists who have all died at the age of 27 and are subsequently members of this tragic group include,

Robert Johnson,
Brian Jones,
Jimi Hendrix,
Janis Joplin,
Jim Morrison,
Kurt Cobain,
To see a full list of musicians who have died at this age click on the wikipedia link here ...

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« Reply #159 on: July 27, 2011, 03:54:00 pm »

Talkback radio giant dies

Geoff Sinclair, one of the original giants of talkback radio, has died, aged 79.

The former school teacher specialised in a folksy, warm kind of talkback that set a benchmark for decades.

He had a strong voice and a great laugh and seemed to find practically anything interesting.

A distinctive looking man, he summed up his style in an autobiography entitled "You Might Be Ugly - But You're Nice!"

He grew up in Auckland's Point Chevalier in a family of 10 that included his more famous brother, historian and academic Sir Keith Sinclair. All his brothers and sisters went into education.

Geoff had an early introduction into broadcasting as a child, becoming a "quiz kid" on 1ZB in Auckland.

He trained as a teacher and began working at Ponsonby Primary School.

Sinclair taught for years at Avondale College and among his more famous pupils was John Banks, Auckland's one-time mayor, now seeking to get back to Parliament as an MP.

He began working as a sport journalist, helping create Rugby News magazine and providing columns.

In the early 1970s the new Radio I introduced talkback radio to the New Zealand airways.

Boss Gordon Dryden said Sinclair and the late Tim Bickerstaff were the best ever pairing on radio.

Step-son Brent McAnulty says at the time it was regarded as "quite inflammatory" but by current standards seems now to be gentle.

He fronted shows on Radio Pacific and later the ZB network.

Sinclair was sports editor of the Sunday News and produced two long-running columns, Downtown and Pub Sky.

But his most memorable column is probably remembered everyday by thousands driving over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

For more than a decade Sinclair kept a half-page column called Watchman's Island - named after the small islet between the bridge and Herne Bay, in the Sunday News.

With its small human tales of life in Auckland, it had thousands of followers.

Sinclair died following a long illness.

His funeral, to be held on Friday, is likely to be a celebration of a rich life, McAnulty says.

"He packed a lot into life."

He leaves behind a widow, five children and two grandchildren.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/5336128/Talkback-radio-giant-dies
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« Reply #160 on: July 29, 2011, 03:19:43 am »


Maori Women's Welfare League president dies
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The national president of the Maori Women's Welfare League. Meagan (Wowie) Joe, has died after a long battle with breast cancer.

Joe died at her home yesterday, the day after sher 58th birthday.

She had been president of the league since 2008.

Her body was to lie at the Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier until Friday when she was to be taken to the Waipapa-a-iwi Marae at Mohaka for a funeral on Saturday.

Joe worked in the public sector for more than 25 years and helped to develop a parenting programme for Maori fathers of young children.

Maori Women's Welfare league general manager Jacqui Te Kani told Radio New Zealand Joe, who commanded respect without demanding it, was a great loss.

The Maori Party praised her as an outstanding woman who strove to make a significant contribution to her community, country and whanau.

Joe died shortly after the league lost a High Court battle to prevent Destiny Church co-leader Hannah Tamaki from standing as president.

The court ruled in favour of the wife of self-styled Bishop Brian Tamaki after the league removed her name from voting papers but said members of 10 new league branches established by the church were not valid and members of those branches could not vote.

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« Reply #161 on: August 01, 2011, 07:19:16 pm »

Fulton Hogan chief dies from meningitis

Meningitis has claimed the life of Fulton Hogan CEO Bill Perry.

Mr Perry was rushed to Christchurch Hospital early on Saturday morning and died several hours later from an aggressive infection.

Fulton Hogan managing director, Nick Miller, says the company is deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexpected death - and the sympathies of the entire company are with his wife Nicole and their three children.

He says Bill Perry was a charismatic leader who led from the front - a big man, with a big heart, totally committed to his family and someone who was always at his best in a crisis.

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« Reply #162 on: August 06, 2011, 12:54:20 pm »

An elderly couple found dead in their Nelson home on Tuesday had died two days earlier, according to a death notice.

Bob and Betty Jackson, aged 88 and 84 respectively, died in an apparent double suicide.

Police were alerted by a visitor to the house that the couple were not answering their door and meals left at the address had not been taken inside, Detective Sean Young, of Nelson police, said.

Police entered the house and found the Jacksons dead in an apparent assisted suicide/suicide, he said.

A death notice in today's Dominion Post said they died on July 31 - two days before they were found.

The couple were members of the Nelson chapter of Exit International, a voluntary euthanasia group formed by Australian doctor Philip Nitschke.

Nelson Exit International spokesman Christopher Vine told the Nelson Mail the couple had attended meetings of the group in the city.

"They acquired the knowledge they needed and said that for family reasons they wouldn't be coming any more," Mr Vine said.

They were "lovely people - very sweet, very gentle".

"I think they were very, very devoted, and just felt the life of one without the other wasn't worth it."

Mr Young said no one else was being sought in relation to the incident and the couple's deaths had been referred to the coroner.

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« Reply #163 on: August 06, 2011, 01:43:10 pm »

  Somethings are just too hard.         I have a friend sitting with her hand on the power switch of her husbands life support system.    She has the permission, just not the strength.
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« Reply #164 on: August 06, 2011, 02:27:46 pm »

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« Reply #165 on: August 07, 2011, 12:20:51 pm »

Farewell to a brave boy who battled rare disorder

Ryan Hosking bravely battled the odds for eight years but this week he died of a unique genetic disorder that baffled doctors.

Although he didn't survive to see his All Black heroes contest the Rugby World Cup, his body has been laid out in his All Black jersey ahead of his funeral on Tuesday.

Ryan was born with a very rare genetic disorder called Hexasomy 15q - he is the only person in the world known to have the disorder.

His parents Michael and Michelle said there were five cases of partial Hexasomy 15q in the world, but he was the only one with all his cells affected.

"He was a very special boy," said Michelle. "The doctors didn't expect him to reach milestones but he did. He smiled and laughed. He was such a happy placid boy."

Ryan was also born with a heart murmur and suffered from epilepsy. He overcame many hurdles, surviving major heart and hip surgery as well as countless chest infections.

"He had his first epileptic fit at eight months, then more things started to happen like chest infections and bronchial pneumonia," said Michael.

"His longest time in Starship was 35 days - that was hard. He was having trouble swallowing and had to be fed through a tube. He was 15 months when we were told he had to have heart surgery."
The major surgery to repair holes in his heart was a success.

"That changed him; he started to grow and develop in his own way. The first time we heard him laugh was when we were looking at some American show with canned laughter and we were laughing, next thing we heard Ryan giggling away."

The couple had to fight for two years to gain funding for alterations to their home for Ryan's wheelchair.
"We went through a lot," Michael said. "It was only when we went to our MP Jonathan Coleman that the ball started rolling and we got approved for $50,000 worth of alterations like the ramp and hoist for Ryan.

"Our lives have been on hold. Everything we did we did for Ryan. I got made redundant and am still looking for work. Michelle had to go part time to look after Ryan. It's been hard but he was a joy. We are proud to be his parents."

He couldn't walk or talk but, from the age of 5, he could ride horses with North Shore Riding for the Disabled.

The group is aimed at encouraging confidence, independence and wellbeing for people with disabilities, through therapeutic horse riding. Ryan loved the horses and loved riding. In lieu of flowers, his parents are asking for donations for the group.
Michael said the couple tried to give their son a life that was as normal as possible. He attended Wairau Valley Special School and spent a lot of time at the Wilson Home Centre.

He had so many friends. He loved school and he loved his teacher Pen Adams. He starred in the school production of Alleycats. He loved music," Michael said.
But his health deteriorated after a lung infection this winter.
"Winter was his worst time of year. He suffered from colds and flus and they lasted for weeks. After the lung infection he went into Wilson's for respite but developed a fever. He was okay and we got him home last Friday but he wasn't the same Ryan. He just wanted to sleep," his father said.

On Wednesday morning, his parents found he had stopped breathing.
"We called 111 and I started doing CPR," Michael said. "The ambulance turned up and four of them were working on him but he passed away."
Ryan will be farewelled at the St Leonard's Chapel at the Wilson Home Centre in Takapuna.
"We miss his smile, his big brown eyes and his beautiful dark curly hair but he is in a better place," his dad said. "He is up there running around, kicking a ball, eating lollies - things he never got to do on Earth."

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« Reply #166 on: August 07, 2011, 10:14:57 pm »

Peter Rowley was giving an after-dinner speech when he got the news that his mate, Billy T. James, was dead.

It was at Wellington Rugby's annual awards; he told the audience, news that reduced many of them to tears.

"There were a lot of hard, really hard, rugby players there. It wasn't just 'bugger' and get on with it, it was everyone crying and hugging each other. It was very moving and a testament to the effect he had."

William James TeWehi Taitoko was 42 when he died, his transplanted heart giving up just fewer than two years after the operation. Suddenly the gags, the infectious giggle, the outrageous characters were gone.

Twenty years have passed since the loss of a comedian and performer with a talent so exceptional that New Zealanders loved him in a way they have not loved anyone since.

The jokes this comedian and consummate entertainer told weren't subtle, nor were they new and on paper not that funny. But it was impossible not to laugh when Billy T. came on the telly in a black singlet, yellow towel draped around his neck, to deliver his Te News segment with lines like: "Well known entertainer Ray Woolf was invited to the birthday party of another well-known entertainer, Howard Morrison OBE.

Anyway, he was the only Pakeha there. Ray said they ended up playing pin the tail on the honky."

Funniest person who ever lived, according to one of his 154,994 Facebook fans. Ask round the comedy and entertainment circuit why no one has come close to equalling his fan base and the reasons are varied:attitudes have changed, James had less competition and was in the right place at the right time, TV opportunities have dried up, or the right talent isn't around.

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« Reply #167 on: August 08, 2011, 01:36:30 pm »

Nancy Wake dies in London


New Zealand-born World War Two heroine Nancy Wake has died, aged 98.

She passed away in a hospital in London.

Nancy Wake received numerous honours for her work with the French Resistance, including the George Medal, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the MĂdaille de la RĂsistance and the Croix de Guerre.
In 2006 she was awarded the New Zealand RSA's highest honour, the RSA Badge in Gold.

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/9990884/nancy-wake-dies-in-london/


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« Reply #168 on: August 08, 2011, 02:26:24 pm »

Aww sad but what a life.
Nancy Wake deserves a thread of her own.   Smiley
I read her autobiography years ago, also the book the Aussie Peter Fitzsimmons wrote not that long ago.
New Zealand never gave her the recognition she deserved until 2006.   
The NZ news piece doesn't mention her french husband Henri who was executed by the Gestapo.

If they honour her wishes, her ashes will be scattered over France.

I'm sad.   Cry
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« Reply #169 on: October 06, 2011, 02:05:43 pm »


Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies

Radio New Zealand News | 12:50PM - Thursday, 06 October 2011

APPLE co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs has died, the company has announced.

Mr Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues.

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as chief executive of the world's largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.

He had contracted a rare form of pancreatic cancer.


http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/87576/apple-co-founder-steve-jobs-dies
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« Reply #170 on: October 08, 2011, 02:12:26 pm »

Actress Diane Cilento dies

Silver screen actress Diane Cilento, a famed arts lover and one-time wife of Sean Connery, has died in North Queensland at the age of 78.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on Friday paid tribute to the renowned actress, who died overnight.

Known as feisty and free-spirited, Cilento won wide acclaim in the 1950s and '60s and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the seductive Molly in Tom Jones in 1963.

She also attracted fame as the wife of Connery, who at that time was playing the iconic James Bond. She later married playwright Anthony Shaffer.

Born on the Sunshine Coast, Cilento began her acting career in New York and London as a teenager and worked in the theatre as a writer, director and instructor.

Later in life she moved back to Queensland to build and run Karnak Playhouse, a regional centre for the arts based at Mossman.

Ms Bligh said Cilento had made a valuable contribution to the arts scene across the state.

"While she was originally known as a glamorous international film star, her work in later years in the far north showed her commitment to the arts," Ms Bligh said.

"I know that Ms Cilento will be sorely missed by many in the industry. I offer my sincere condolences to her family, friends and all those who enjoyed her important contribution to the arts here in Queensland."

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« Reply #171 on: October 13, 2011, 03:29:28 pm »

Southern Opera founder Chris Doig passes away




International opera singer, sports administrator and Southern Opera founder Chris Doig died in Christchurch this morning after a long illness.

Doig, 62, who had battled bowel cancer for several years, last appeared in public last week at the Placido Domingo concert in Christchurch.

His personal connection with the Spanish tenor brought him to New Zealand for a one-off concert that raised money for Canterbury arts organisations.

Doig was made made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June.

He was an opera star, artistic mover and shaker, former New Zealand Cricket chief executive and member of the New Zealand Rugby Union board.

NZRU chairman Mike Eagle said Doig's passing was very sad.

"Chris' contribution to New Zealand through sport, art and entertainment is immense.  This is a very sad day for us all. On behalf of the NZRU and the New Zealand rugby community, I extend our heartfelt love and thoughts for Chris' wife Suzanne, and their family."

In an interview with The Press in June, Doig said he was treating his cancer as ''another project that I have to deal with''.

''I've led such an amazing life that I have no regrets. I'm sanguine about the whole thing. I'm certainly not angry or pissed off,'' he said.

''I just happen to be incredibly pragmatic about it, perhaps because I've had such a charmed life.''

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« Reply #172 on: October 13, 2011, 04:17:31 pm »


About ten years ago, Christopher Doig did something no other opera singer has ever done.

During a South Australia performance of Richard Wagner's entire epic tetrology, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle), which involved a performance of all four component operas in one go (17 hours long, the first time it had been done since Wagner was alive), Christopher Doig playing the lead role of Wotan sang for the entire 17-hour performance, unlike the other opera stars who shared the roles with their understudies. And this was after three performances of the four operas spread over four nights during the three previous consecutive weeks. After that amazing performance (which received rave reviews), Christopher Doig retired as an opera singer while he was absolutely at the top of his game and came back to NZ and took on sports administrator roles in both cricket and rugby.
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« Reply #173 on: October 13, 2011, 04:55:29 pm »

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« Reply #174 on: October 16, 2011, 10:04:42 am »


Coronation Street veteran dies
7:57 AM Sunday Oct 16, 2011 

Coronation Street veteran Betty Driver has died at the age of 91.

She had been in hospital for some time with pneumonia.

Driver first joined the show in 1969, and continued pulling pints at the Rovers for the next 42 years.

Although her character Betty Turpin is famous for Lancashire hotpot, Betty Driver was reportedly a vegetarian.

- Newstalk ZB
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