“Pragmatic Idealist, Friend of the Earth and a Good Man”

NZ has lost an inspiring political figure with the death of Green Party co-leader Rod Donald. Donald died of a rare virus affecting the heart aged just 48. He will be remembered for his tireless campaigning in aid of human rights and fair trade, as well as for spearheading the introduction of MMP in 1993 and leading the national branch of Trade Aid. “Rod is the last person that you would expect to die suddenly like this,” says Donald’s co-leader Jeannette Fitzsimmons. “He was my political other half and we were complementary. Our strengths were different, our weaknesses were different and I shall miss him enormously.”

Rod Donald: 10 October 1957 – 6 November 2005

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Cultural Champ Ken Gorbey Relishes Ninth Decade

Cultural Champ Ken Gorbey Relishes Ninth Decade

Arts alumnus Ken Gorbey tells Megan Fowlie, reporting for Auckland University’s Ingenio magazine, that he is treating his ninth decade as he would a museum exhibition: he’s determined to make it…