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Footrot Flats Creator Murray Ball a National Hero

Footrot Flats Creator Murray Ball a National Hero

Murray Ball, the creator of the widely read Footrot Flats cartoon that celebrated rural life in New Zealand, has died in Gisborne at the age of 78. Ball’s immensely popular Footrot Flats strip, starring farmer…

Tributes to Tania Dalton

Tributes to Tania Dalton

“Former Silver Fern netballer Tania Dalton has died peacefully in Auckland, nearly a week after suffering a brain aneurysm,” as reported in The Guardian. Dalton suffered the internal aneurysm during a social game of…

How the Outback Shaped Michael Chamberlain’s Life

How the Outback Shaped Michael Chamberlain’s Life

Christchurch-born Michael Chamberlain, who waged a decades-long battle to prove his baby daughter was killed by a dingo in Australia’s most notorious case of injustice has died in New South Wales. He was 72. Lindy…

Greeting Card Designer Bev Williams’ Final Prank

Greeting Card Designer Bev Williams’ Final Prank

New Zealand-born Bev Williams, creator of the bestselling “Spring Chicken” range of greeting cards, has died in Sussex, aged 77. The Daily Mail reported the designer really “did go out with a bang” when…

Actor Terence Bayler Was Brian and so Was His Wife

Actor Terence Bayler Was Brian and so Was His Wife

Whanganui-born film, stage and television actor Terence Bayler, known notably for his collaborations with the Monty Python team, has died aged 86. Bayler played Gregory (and other roles) in the controversial Life of Brian –…

Fond Farewell to Formula 1 Hero Chris Amon

Fond Farewell to Formula 1 Hero Chris Amon

Chris Amon, regarded as one of the best Formula One racing car drivers of his generation, has died in Rotorua at age 73. Toronto Star “Wheels” editor Norris McDonald reflects on the life and…

Sportspages Bookseller John Gaustad Lived his Dream

Sportspages Bookseller John Gaustad Lived his Dream

Passionate rugby fan, Wellington-born John Gaustad, who opened the first shop in Britain devoted to sports literature and set up a prize to encourage writers, has died in London. He was 68. Sportspages opened just…

Adventurer and Inspirational Bone Disease Campaigner Samuel Gibson

Adventurer and Inspirational Bone Disease Campaigner Samuel Gibson

Samuel Gibson, an inspirational adventurer and brittle bone disease campaigner has died, aged 39, after suffering a ‘devastating’ head injury while competing in a half marathon, as reported in The Daily Mail. The…

Violinist Alan Loveday

Violinist Alan Loveday

Violinist Alan Loveday has passed away on April 12, aged 88. He was “renowned for his rich, warm tone, impeccable technique and purity of intonation,” as well as for being a highly adaptable musician,…

Artist Melvin Day Brought a Cubist Edge to New Zealand

Artist Melvin Day Brought a Cubist Edge to New Zealand

Artist Melvin Day, who gave his post-war landscapes, still lifes and images of Maori meetings a cubist sensibility, has died aged 92. Day studied at the Courtauld Institute in London under the Cambridge spy Anthony Blunt,…

Decorated WWII Fighter Pilot Keith Thiele

Decorated WWII Fighter Pilot Keith Thiele

Squadron Leader Keith Thiele, who has died in Sydney aged 94, was decorated four times as a bomber and a fighter pilot and was one of only four New Zealand-born airmen to earn three…

Norman Harris – Not Bad for an Old Jogger

Norman Harris – Not Bad for an Old Jogger

New Zealand-born sportswriter Norman Harris, organiser of London’s Sunday Times National Fun Run, and quite possibly the inventor of the word “jogger”, has died in Britain. He was 75. Harris worked as a sports reporter…

Hello Sailor Frontman Graham Brazier

Hello Sailor Frontman Graham Brazier

Dave Dobbyn is one of a number of local artists who have paid tribute to Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier (pictured centre), who has died in Auckland aged 63. Dobbyn described Brazier as the consummate…

McLaren Stalwart, Kiwi Phil Kerr

McLaren Stalwart, Kiwi Phil Kerr

New Zealander Phil Kerr, an instrumental figure in the formative years of McLaren, has died in Auckland aged 80. Born in Auckland in 1934, the Kiwi became friends with Bruce McLaren when competing in hillclimb…

Hero of the Skies Gordon Vette

Hero of the Skies Gordon Vette

Alwyn Gordon Vette, a New Zealand pilot whose independent analysis of the 1972 Air New Zealand airplane crash in Antarctica helped to identify an important hazard in Arctic flying, has died in Auckland. He…

The Last Dambuster Pilot

The Last Dambuster Pilot

John Leslie Munro, the last surviving pilot and one of the final surviving members of the famous 617 Squadron from the legendary Dambusters raids against Nazi Germany, has died at the age of 96…

Diplomatic Businessman Sir John Buchanan

Diplomatic Businessman Sir John Buchanan

Sir John Buchanan, who has died aged 72, was an Auckland-born scientist who rose to be finance director at BP before taking on prominent non-executive board roles in sectors ranging from mining, most recently…

Legacy of Visionary Entrepreneur Catalyzes NY’s Park Avenue Armory

Legacy of Visionary Entrepreneur Catalyzes NY’s Park Avenue Armory

The family of Wade Thompson, the Wellington, New Zealand native who revitalized the US recreational vehicle industry in the 1980s, has gifted New York City’s Park Avenue Armory with an historic $65…

Family Pays Tribute to Dapper Tailor Peter Rigby

Family Pays Tribute to Dapper Tailor Peter Rigby

Well-known Lower Hutt tailor Peter Rigby, who made clothes for many New Zealand plays and films, including Utu, The Frighteners, Goodbye Pork Pie and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died, aged 81. Born…

Rugby World Mourns Former All Black Jerry Collins

Rugby World Mourns Former All Black Jerry Collins

Reaction has poured in from the rugby world with the death of former All Blacks captain Jerry Collins, a “giant of the world game”, who died in a car crash in France. He was…

Gary Brain’s Change of Fortune Made Him World-Class Conductor

Gary Brain’s Change of Fortune Made Him World-Class Conductor

Internationally renowned conductor and percussionist, Palmerston North-born Gary Brain has died in Paris. He was 72. In 1989 Brain was the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s highly regarded principal percussionist and timpanist. He had already been…

Jack Body Leaves Us with His Asia-Inspired Music

Jack Body Leaves Us with His Asia-Inspired Music

Te Aroha-born composer and music academic Jack Body, whose work was influenced by the music of Asia, has died in Wellington at the age of 70. Body studied at Auckland University and in Germany and…

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

The cricketing career of Richie Benaud – Australian captain and the first man to take 200 wickets and score 2,000 runs in Tests – was had a critical intervention by Timaru chemist Ivan James….

For Brian Sutton-Smith Play Nothing Less than Existential Necessity

For Brian Sutton-Smith Play Nothing Less than Existential Necessity

Wellington-born developmental psychologist Brian Sutton-Smith, who wrote or edited more than 50 books and was among the first academics to treat the study of play as a rigorous discipline, has died in Vermont, in…

Esteemed Middle-earth Location Scout Dave Comer

Esteemed Middle-earth Location Scout Dave Comer

Dave Comer, who selected many of the spectacular New Zealand locations for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies for director Peter Jackson, has died aged 58. Comer started out as a still…

Peter Gutteridge – One of NZ Music’s Spiky Heroes

Peter Gutteridge – One of NZ Music’s Spiky Heroes

In a scene of unsung heroes, one of the least sung will be making no more music, changing no more lives from his place on the periphery. Peter Gutteridge – described as “a true…

Richard Burton Couldn’t Beat George Silk on a Photo Call

Richard Burton Couldn’t Beat George Silk on a Photo Call

In 1993, New Zealand-born LIFE photojournalist George Silk was asked by American photographer John Loengard if in his long career, Silk had been “willing to pose pictures.” Silk’s reply is worth setting down here in…

Tributes for Trailblazing Producer Caterina De Nave

Tributes for Trailblazing Producer Caterina De Nave

The film and television industry has lost “a major figure in the New Zealand television landscape” in Caterina De Nave, who passed away on the weekend, following a long battle with illness, aged 67. De…

Michael Volkerling, Cultural Visionary (1948-2014)

Michael Volkerling, Cultural Visionary (1948-2014)

One of the principal architects of New Zealand’s cultural and creative sectors, Dr Michael Volkerling, died suddenly on 13 June, 2014 in Sydney, aged 66. At the time of his death he was Principal…

Britain’s Well-Loved Celebrity Chef Ross Burden

Britain’s Well-Loved Celebrity Chef Ross Burden

New Zealand chef Ross Burden, who became a celebrity in the UK after reaching the final of BBC MasterChef in 1993, has died in Auckland, aged 45 of an infection relating to treatment for…

James McCullough Remembered as One of the “Truly Great” Financial Correspondents

James McCullough Remembered as One of the “Truly Great” Financial Correspondents

New Zealand-born James McCullough, one of Australia’s best-known financial journalists and columnists, and a former London correspondent for the Australian, has died at 56 in Brisbane. McCullough was the long-time writer of the influential City…

Australian Film Industry Pioneer a Mentor to Many

Australian Film Industry Pioneer a Mentor to Many

New Zealand-born filmmaker David Hannay, who has died aged 74, will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the modern Australian film industry, a passionate cinephile, mentor and loyal friend. Hannay entered the film…

Remembering Sixties Country Star Houston Wells

Remembering Sixties Country Star Houston Wells

The life of Houston Wells, sixties country singer, is celebrated in the Independent this month. Wells, born Andrew Smith in 1932 north of Newcastle upon Tyne, lived on the shores of Lake Taupo until…

Friends Bid Farewell to an “Outstanding Human Being”

Friends Bid Farewell to an “Outstanding Human Being”

Auckland-born television personality and former model Charlotte Dawson who has died in Sydney, aged 47, was “outrageous, outgoing and outspoken”, said sports presenter Ben Fordham, who worked with Dawson at Channel Nine. “More than anything…

Decorated Lifetime of Service at Sea

Decorated Lifetime of Service at Sea

Rear-Admiral Ted Thorne, who has died aged 89, was a New Zealander who was on hand when female naval personnel suffered their greatest loss of the Second World War. Wellington-born Thorne was under training in…

Famed Computer Hacker Fondly Remembered

Famed Computer Hacker Fondly Remembered

Celebrated New Zealand computer hacker Barnaby Jack, who exposed vulnerabilities in bank ATMs and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, has died in San Francisco. He was 35. Jack was one of the world’s…

Archaeologist Made Extraordinary Contributions to Field

Archaeologist Made Extraordinary Contributions to Field

New Zealand-born archaeologist Mike Morwood, who was best known for discovering Homo floresiensis, has died in Darwin, aged 82. In 2003, Morwood led a joint Australian-Indonesian team of archaeologists, which uncovered what appeared to…

The World Loses a Great Philosopher

The World Loses a Great Philosopher

New Zealand-born political theorist Kenneth Minogue, a leading figure in Britain’s conservative intellectual life, has died aged 82. Minogue was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics from 1984 to 1995,…

Speculative Theorist Challenged Course of History

Speculative Theorist Challenged Course of History

Christchurch-born Michael Baigent, co-author of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, one of the most controversial books of the 1980s, has died in Brighton, England, aged 65. Baigent grew up in Nelson and…

Transport Man Made Tough Decisions from the Top

Transport Man Made Tough Decisions from the Top

Nelson-born Frank Baldwin, who died in March aged 81, was “known for a career marked by innovation and a certain amount of controversy,” Mark Juddery writes in an obituary for The Sydney Morning Herald….

Famed Potter Found Answers in Social Artform

Famed Potter Found Answers in Social Artform

New Zealand-based potter Mirek Smíšek, who won fame with his ceramic artifacts for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has died in Wellington, aged 88. Smíšek and his wife made some 700 vases,…

Timothy McFarland: ‘Unrivalled Teacher’ and Expert on Medieval German Literature

Timothy McFarland: ‘Unrivalled Teacher’ and Expert on Medieval German Literature

Hamilton-born Timothy McFarland taught medieval German literature ‘with passion to generations of students,’ at University College London. ‘If the impact of a great university teacher is on the horizons they open up and the…

It’s the Joy that Always Wins Out

It’s the Joy that Always Wins Out

New Zealand mountaineer George Lowe, the last survivor of the 1953 British expedition that conquered Everest, has died in Ripley, England aged 89. Hastings-born Lowe played a crucial part in the party’s success, displaying…

Gifted Broadcaster

Gifted Broadcaster

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman, who’s career ranged from regional television in Dunedin to Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and to game show Wheel of Fortune, has died aged 61. “He was an extraordinarily gifted presenter and…

One of Our Greats Farewelled

One of Our Greats Farewelled

“There are few things I can say about my work that are better than saying nothing,” Ralph Hotere once said. With his death on 24 February, aged 81, art commentators and New Zealanders from…

A Damn Good Reporter

A Damn Good Reporter

Longtime NBC news correspondent New Zealander Tom Aspell has died aged 62. NBC News president Steve Capus described Aspell as “understated, selfless, perpetually cool, shrewd, wry, curmudgeonly, and a damn good reporter”. “From Southeast…

He Leaves a Chasm

He Leaves a Chasm

Broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes has died at his home in Hawkes Bay. He was 62. Holmes rose through the ranks of media in New Zealand, and not long into fronting his self-named TVNZ current…

Lloyd Phillips, Film Producer

Lloyd Phillips, Film Producer

New Zealand’s first Oscar winner, international film producer Lloyd Phillips has died in Los Angeles after a heart attack, aged 63. Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, Phillips had a long…

Dodson’s Insulin Legacy

Dodson’s Insulin Legacy

Distinguished biochemist and “outstanding x-ray crystallographer”, Palmerston North-born Guy Dodson has died in York, aged 75. Dodson was world-renowned for his research on the three-dimensional structure of biologically important proteins, particularly insulin; for his…

Extraordinary Talent Sorely Missed

Extraordinary Talent Sorely Missed

Oscar-winning sound editor New Zealander Mike Hopkins, 53, who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other blockbusters, has died in a rafting accident on the Waiohine River in the Tararua Range….

Brilliant Ideas Remain

Brilliant Ideas Remain

Gifted Wellington-born academic Amanda Rohloff, who has died aged 30, is fondly remembered by her friend, Philippa Chandler in a Guardian obituary. “She grew up in Karori, excelled at hockey as a teenager and…

Distinguished Man Of Figures

Distinguished Man Of Figures

Wellington-born applied mathematician Professor Bruce Morton has died in Melbourne aged 86. Under his leadership, Monash, where he worked for 25 years, became the leading university for its atmospheric science program in Australia. Professor…

Anti-corruption Pioneer Remembered

Anti-corruption Pioneer Remembered

Wellington-born activist and writer Jeremy Pope, who has died aged 73, “was one of the pioneers in what is now a global movement to curb corruption and improve integrity in government,” friend and colleague…

Deservedly Great Painter

Deservedly Great Painter

New Zealand artist Don Binney, best known for his striking emblematic paintings of birds, has died in Auckland aged 72. Binney worked in oil, acrylic, charcoal, ink and carbon pencil. Many public collections feature…

Choir Founder Profiled

Choir Founder Profiled

Dunedin-born Marie Courtis Greathouse, who helped found the San Antonio Choral Society in 1965, is profiled by the San Antonio Express-News website mySanAntonio.com. Greathouse moved to England in her early 20s, where for a time…

Wartime Pianist Remembered

Wartime Pianist Remembered

The New Zealand-born pianist Colin Horsley, who was among the last links to the era of British music-making dominated by Sir Henry Wood, has died on the Isle of Man. He was 92. “From…