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He Poroporoaki mo Carl Meredith Bradley. BA. MA Ph.D

He Poroporoaki mo Carl Meredith Bradley. BA. MA Ph.D

Carl Bradley died suddenly last week. Just 52 years of age. He was a friend and colleague. Carl was an Aikido 4th Dan black belt and on an upward trajectory in his sport. He was a military historian and the …

Manukura a Blessing and a Unifying Symbol

Manukura a Blessing and a Unifying Symbol

Manukura, a rare, snow-white kiwi that inspired a children’s book and was the first of its kind ever hatched in captivity has died at the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre after multiple surgeries to remove an unfertilised egg, Rhea Mogul reports …

Haere Rā Midnight Oil Bassist Bones Hillman

Haere Rā Midnight Oil Bassist Bones Hillman

Midnight Oil’s bassist and backing vocalist, New Zealand-born Bones (Wayne) Hillman has died in Milwaukee in the US at the age of 62. His fellow band members said they were “grieving the loss of our brother”. “He was the bassist …

Bill Gosden Lived and Breathed Film

Bill Gosden Lived and Breathed Film

Bill Gosden, who served as director of the New Zealand International Film Festival for nearly 40 years, has died in Wellington. He was 66. Mike Barnes looks back on Gosden’s illustrious career for The Hollywood Reporter. A one-time film critic in …

John Reid a Cricket Player of Uncontested Standing

John Reid a Cricket Player of Uncontested Standing

“[Auckland-born] John Reid, who has died aged 92, was in large part responsible for establishing New Zealand as a respected force in world cricket. A superb all-rounder who was the captain and mainstay of his national side in the 1950s …

King of Soul Max Merritt Will Be Greatly Missed

King of Soul Max Merritt Will Be Greatly Missed

Christchurch-born Max Merritt, the ARIA Hall of Fame inductee best known for his soulful songs “Slippin’ Away” and “Hey, Western Union Man”, has died in Los Angeles. He was 79. Merritt made his mark when he formed The Meteors in …

Mathematician Vaughan Jones a Man Who Knew Knots

Mathematician Vaughan Jones a Man Who Knew Knots

“In 1994, Gisborne-born mathematician Vaughan Jones walked on stage to address the Italian national academy in Rome’s Palazzo Corsini, lit a cigar and began to blow smoke rings. With a mischievous grin, he told the assembled academics, ‘When I did …

Lock Andy Haden Key Player in AB History

Lock Andy Haden Key Player in AB History

All Blacks lock Andy Haden, who “was an exceptionally talented, intelligent and resilient lock, among the best in the world in his era,” has died in Auckland, aged 69. The Japan Times has published an Associated Press article about the life …

Modest Film Pioneer Bill Gavin’s Epic Career

Modest Film Pioneer Bill Gavin’s Epic Career

“Once upon a time, a determined sales agent and production executive could set up a career which would resonate beyond their death. Bill Gavin was a New Zealander who left to report on motor racing, became an executive at legendary …

Coach George Simpkins Took Rugby to China

Coach George Simpkins Took Rugby to China

New Zealander George Simpkin, Hong Kong’s former head coach and HKRU technical director, who played a major role in the overall development of rugby in China and Asia, has died aged 77, the South China Morning Post reports. “During Simpkin’s …

Hilary Bracefield was a True Polymath

Hilary Bracefield was a True Polymath

“Writing on a wide range of subjects from Stravinsky to the poetry of her fellow New Zealander Fleur Adcock, my friend and one-time colleague at the University of Ulster, [Dunedin-born] Hilary Bracefield, has died, aged 81,” University of Huddersfield Professor …

Earth’s Green Flag Flies for Jeanette Fitzsimons

Earth’s Green Flag Flies for Jeanette Fitzsimons

For the decade Sue Bradford spent in parliament as a Green MP, party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons led by example, bringing a quiet but steely determination to everything she did. Bradford writes about the politician, who has died aged 75, for …

Pioneer Troy Collings Made N Korean Connections

Pioneer Troy Collings Made N Korean Connections

New Zealander Troy Collings, whose tour-guide company specialised in taking young budget travellers to forbidding places like North Korea, has died. He was 33. The cause was a heart attack, his company, Young Pioneer Tours, or YPT, said in a …

Peter Hogg Quietly Shaped Canadian Law

Peter Hogg Quietly Shaped Canadian Law

Peter Hogg, a New Zealander who became Canada’s pre-eminent constitutional scholar, was sometimes called the 10th person on that country’s nine-member Supreme Court. Hogg died on 4 February, aged 80. The Globe and Mail’s Sean Fine wrote the following obituary. …

Mike Moore Dedicated his Life to Helping NZ

Mike Moore Dedicated his Life to Helping NZ

Mike Moore, who served as New Zealand’s prime minister before leading the World Trade Organisation (WTO) during a tumultuous time when thousands protested in Seattle riots, has died in Auckland. He was 71. Associated Press correspondent Nick Perry writes about …

Haiti Journalist Bernard Diederich a Man of Truth

Haiti Journalist Bernard Diederich a Man of Truth

Christchurch-born Bernard “Bernie” Diederich, a long-time journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, has died in his adopted homeland of Haiti, The Associated Press reports for a story published in The New York Times. Diederich was 93. His …

Sir Peter Snell Sports Champion of the Centuries

Sir Peter Snell Sports Champion of the Centuries

Sir Peter Snell, three-time Olympic champion on the track and arguably the greatest runner in the history of New Zealand athletics has died, aged 80, at his home in Dallas, Texas, where he lived for most of his later years, …

Moe mai rā Nancy Brunning

Moe mai rā Nancy Brunning

One of New Zealand’s best loved actresses Nancy Brunning, made famous as Nurse Jaki on Shortland Street, has died in Wellington, aged 48, Daily Mail Australia reports. Brunning, a talented playwright, acting coach and director, also won awards for roles …

Tributes Flow for Randwick Legend Jeff Sayle

Tributes Flow for Randwick Legend Jeff Sayle

Former Wallabies flanker and “Randwick legend”, New Zealand-born Jeff Sayle has died in Sydney aged 77. The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Sayle was an icon of Sydney’s eastern beaches, a beloved member of Coogee Surf Life Saving Club and Randwick, …

All Black Brian Lochore One of Our Greatest Players

All Black Brian Lochore One of Our Greatest Players

Former New Zealand captain and World Cup-winning coach Sir Brian Lochore has died aged 78, the BBC reports. An All Blacks player between 1964 and 1971, he made 68 appearances and captained his country on 46 occasions, 18 of those …

Malcolm Black: We Remember Your Smile (1961-2019)

Malcolm Black: We Remember Your Smile (1961-2019)

Malcolm Black ONZM, leader singer of the early 1980s anthemic band Netherworld Dancing Toys from Dunedin, died in Auckland on May 10, 2019, aged 58, of cancer diagnosed 18 months previously. NDT’s signature song For Today is in its fourth …

Pua Magasiva, Actor (1980-2019)

Pua Magasiva, Actor (1980-2019)

Popular television actor Pua Magasiva died on May 11, 2019 aged 38. Born in Samoa but raised in New Zealand, Magasiva played the Red Ranger in 2003’s Power Rangers Ninja Storm as well as 2004’s Power Rangers Dino Thunder. He …

Quentin Pongia, Kiwi Hardman (1970-2019)

Quentin Pongia, Kiwi Hardman (1970-2019)

Kiwi rugby league legend Quentin Pongia died on May 18, 2019 aged 48, in Greymouth. “Q” represented the Kiwis 35 times and played for the Raiders, Warriors, Roosters and Dragons in Australia between 1993 and 2003, before spending two seasons …

Academic George Cawkwell Lived Life to the Full

Academic George Cawkwell Lived Life to the Full

Auckland-born George Cawkwell, “who has died aged 99, was Scotland’s oldest rugby international having won one cap against France. He was also a distinguished academic, author and teacher in the field of ancient Greek history at Oxford University,” The Scotsman’s …

Distance Runner Bill Baillie Finishes the Race

Distance Runner Bill Baillie Finishes the Race

Nelson-born athlete William “Bill” Baillie, who once held world records in the now obscure 20,000m and one-hour running events, has died in Auckland. He was 84. At the time Baillie broke the records they had a higher status than today …

Daring Douglas Wright <br>(1956-2018)</br>

Daring Douglas Wright
(1956-2018)

Revered New Zealand dancer and choreographer Douglas Wright died in Auckland on November 14, 2018, aged 62. He was “undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most magnificent and important artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,” writes dance historian Marianne Schultz …

Filmmaking Pioneer Geoff Murphy Shaped NZ’s National Identity

Filmmaking Pioneer Geoff Murphy Shaped NZ’s National Identity

New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Murphy has died aged 80. He was largely credited with helping to shape the country’s national identity with films like Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth. “Geoff Murphy will long be remembered for his …

Peter Peryer One of NZ’s Foremost Photographers

Peter Peryer One of NZ’s Foremost Photographers

“Peter Peryer, one of New Zealand’s foremost photographers, has died on November 18 at the age of seventy-seven.” Artforum reports. “Peryer’s most recognized image may be Dead Steer, his 1987 shot of a lifeless, bloated cow by the roadside.” Throughout …

Appreciating the Life and Music of Brent Parker

Appreciating the Life and Music of Brent Parker

“Brent Parker, who died aged 84 [in December last year], was a New Zealand-born composer-pianist and lecturer in pianoforte at the DIT Conservatory of Music whose music was played around the world but whose greatest influence was felt in Dublin …

Sabah-Based Wendy Hutton a Prolific Travel Writer

Sabah-Based Wendy Hutton a Prolific Travel Writer

Renowned food and travel writer, New Zealand-born Wendy Hutton, who lived in Malaysia, has died, aged 77. Hutton first set foot in Southeast Asia in 1967, and had worked in the region ever since. Based in Sabah, she had spent …

Spencer P. Jones Inspired Countless Musicians

Spencer P. Jones Inspired Countless Musicians

Guitarist, songwriter and storyteller, New Zealander Spencer P. Jones, who forged his name in Australia and overseas with rock ‘n’ roll bands The Johnnys and Beasts of Bourbon, has died. He was 62. Born in Te Awamutu, Jones left New …

Respected News Presenter Greg Boyed

Respected News Presenter Greg Boyed

“Tributes are flowing in for respected TVNZ broadcaster Greg Boyed, who took his own life on Monday after a battle with depression,” writes Andrew Prentice in an article for the Daily Mail. “He was absolutely loved and adored. A treasured …

Kentucky’s Peter Williams a Lauded Equine Artist

Kentucky’s Peter Williams a Lauded Equine Artist

New Zealand-born artist Peter Williams, a familiar figure in the paddocks of the most famous racetracks in the world, has died at the age of 84 at his home in Goshen, Kentucky, in the United States, the Thoroughbred Daily News …

He Poroporoaki: Te Rangatira Jack Tuhi

He Poroporoaki: Te Rangatira Jack Tuhi

Born 28-11-1958. Died 1-08-2018 Redemption Song On the second to last Monday of July 2018 my friend and brother Ranga Tuhi rang. “They’ve told me I’ve got 48 hours to live.” He need say no more. I was on my …

Media Boss Sam Chisholm Nine Network’s Starmaker

Media Boss Sam Chisholm Nine Network’s Starmaker

New Zealand-born media heavyweight Sam Chisholm has died in Sydney. He was 78. During his four-decade career, Chisholm was head of Australia’s Nine Network and chief executive at Britain’s Sky Television. He was appointed chief executive and managing director of …

Sue Paterson, Inspirational Arts Producer

Sue Paterson, Inspirational Arts Producer

Sue Paterson, the most impactful New Zealand arts producer of this generation, has died in Wellington aged 65 from cancer. Beloved by everyone she worked with, managed and mentored, Sue Paterson was formative in the embrace New Zealanders gave to …

“Visionary Agent” & “Theatrical Producer” Harry M Miller

“Visionary Agent” & “Theatrical Producer” Harry M Miller

“One of Australia’s most well-known music and entertainment promoters, Harry M Miller, has died, aged 84,” writes Sam Buckingham-Jones in an article for The Australian. “By his side were his long-term partner Simmone Logue, daughters Justine, Brook and Lauren and …

Dick Quax – “One of His Country’s Greatest Runners”

Dick Quax – “One of His Country’s Greatest Runners”

New Zealand athlete and Auckland councillor Dick Quax, who was “regarded as one of his country’s greatest runners, died on Monday at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. “Born in The …

Top Swim Coach and Olympic Medallist Jan Cameron

Top Swim Coach and Olympic Medallist Jan Cameron

“The death of long-serving Australian swimming coach Jan Cameron is being mourned on both sides of the Tasman.” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. “As Swimming Australia’s current para sport mentor coach, Jan was a much-loved member of our swimming family …

Ivan Mauger Was the King of Speedway

Ivan Mauger Was the King of Speedway

Speedway legend Ivan Mauger, who won a record six world championships during the 1960s and 1970s, has died at his home on the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was 78. When Christchurch-born Mauger came to the UK from New Zealand in …

Keith Murdoch a Giant Who Never Made It Home

Keith Murdoch a Giant Who Never Made It Home

Keith Murdoch, who has died in Australia, aged 74, played just three Tests for the All Blacks, but his name was etched in New Zealand rugby folklore after he became a recluse in the Australian outback following a scandal that …

Rugby Union Star Dylan Mika Hugely Talented

Rugby Union Star Dylan Mika Hugely Talented

Former Samoa and All Blacks flanker Dylan Mika has died in Auckland of a heart attack at the age of 45. Mika played two tests for Samoa and seven for the All Blacks who he represented at the 1999 World …

Cricket Legend Bevan Congdon Leaves True Legacy

Cricket Legend Bevan Congdon Leaves True Legacy

Motueka-born Bevan Congdon, who captained New Zealand to its first Test win over Australia in 1974, has died a day short of his 80th birthday in Auckland. In total, Congdon played 61 Tests and captained 17, in a 13-year career, …

Jim Anderton a Towering Figure in Politics

Jim Anderton a Towering Figure in Politics

One of New Zealand’s senior political figures, former deputy prime minister Auckland-born Jim Anderton, has died in Christchurch, aged 79. The idealistic former president of New Zealand’s progressive Labour Party became disillusioned with the organisation’s direction in 1989 so he …

Life and Times of Apia Identity Bob Moore

Life and Times of Apia Identity Bob Moore

If you’re driving around Apia gazing at the many, multi-storeyed government and company buildings, chances are you’re looking at some of the work of well-known, local identity, Motueka-born Robert (Bob) Arthur Garner, who has died aged 86 in the home …

Roger Corbin’s Daughters Salute Their Dad the Hero

Roger Corbin’s Daughters Salute Their Dad the Hero

To his daughters, Roger Corbin was Dad. But to many, the New Zealand-born helicopter pilot was a hero. His 11-year-old twin girls have been inundated with support since their dad’s sudden and tragic death in a helicopter crash at Hobart …

Reitu Noble Harris, Kahukura

Reitu Noble Harris, Kahukura

My friend and leader Reitu Noble Harris, pensioner, was downed by winter pneumonia. Marshalled by Hine Nui Te Po he passed into the long night late on Sunday 9 July 2017. I was suffering from the same lurgy. Maybe six …

Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star

Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star

“Colin Meads, one of New Zealand’s greatest and most revered rugby players, died on Sunday in Te Kuiti, New Zealand, his hometown. He was 81,” writes Huw Richards in an obituary published in the New York Times. “That his death …

All Blacks Great Colin Meads Leaves Mighty Memories

All Blacks Great Colin Meads Leaves Mighty Memories

Colin Meads, the famously tough All Blacks captain hailed as New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century, has died. He was 81. Cambridge-born Meads played 55 tests among 133 games for New Zealand between 1957 and 1971 – …

New Zealand Mourns Death of Sir John Graham

New Zealand Mourns Death of Sir John Graham

Sir John Graham, widely known as DJ, has died at the age of 82. Graham was a former All Blacks captain, a respected educator and staunch opponent of apartheid. Graham represented New Zealand 53 times, including 22 Test matches between …

Jockey Brian Andrews’ Amazing Career

Jockey Brian Andrews’ Amazing Career

Connewarre horseman and Caulfield Cup-winning jockey, New Zealand-born Brian Andrews has died in Melbourne aged 74. Andrews forged a successful career as a jockey in the 1960s and ‘70s, before moving to Melbourne and then Connewarre to work as a …

Satirist John Clarke aka Fred Dagg (68)

Satirist John Clarke aka Fred Dagg (68)

New Zealand born “celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68,” reports ABC News. Clarke, who made “his name as a comedian and political satirist in Australia after arriving in the 1970s”, appeared on Australian television conducting …

Sir Douglas Myers, Brewing Magnate and Business Advocate (78)

Sir Douglas Myers, Brewing Magnate and Business Advocate (78)

Sir Douglas Myers, long-time chief executive of Lion Breweries, business advocate and philanthropist has died in London aged 78. “It would be hard to overstate the contribution made by Sir Douglas Myers to making New Zealand what it is today. …

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 Wal Footrot and his sheepdog …

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 touch rugby in Takapuna last Thursday …

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 and Michael Chamberlain were wrongly …