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City tribute to Shelley Mather

19 July 2005

Media Release

City tribute to Shelley Mather

Mayor Bob Harvey has arranged - on behalf of his Council and the people of Waitakere - to lay a floral tribute at Shelley Mather's memorial service in London.

Shelley, who was killed in the July 7 bombings of the underground, spent her childhood years in Titirangi and continued a strong association with Waitakere.

The floral tribute will be passed on at the service by New Zealand High Commissioner and former New Lynn MP Jonathan Hunt.

"Our hearts go out to Shelley's mum and dad, (Kathryn Gilkison and John Mather), and her other family and friends," says Mayor Harvey.

"I will be writing to Shelley's parents on behalf of the city on their return to New Zealand to express our deepest sympathies and to offer any help we can."

"The florist engaged by the commissioner on our behalf is a Kiwi and will be creating something special that incorporates elements of Shelley's personality with a Waitakere / New Zealand theme."

"She will be using ferns and other available New Zealand plants and the greenery will reflect the lush Waitakere Ranges and the general New Zealand outdoors environment. Flowers will give the piece colour to represent Shelley's bright personality and love of life."


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