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Aoraki Mount Cook staff salute Sir Edmund Hillary

11 January 2008

Aoraki Mount Cook staff salute Sir Edmund Hillary

"We are deeply saddened by today's news of the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary, an extraordinary man and pioneer. He will be an immense loss to Lady June Hillary, his family, and to us and the public of New Zealand," said The Hermitage General Manager Denis Callesen.

"Even in advancing years, Sir Edmund regularly visited The Hermitage and will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

"I know I speak on behalf of everyone at Aoraki Mount Cook when I say that his legendary spirit will live on in our hearts.

"You didn't even need to meet the man to feel inspired by his approach to life and his self-effacing modesty.

"We're extremely privileged to have our recently opened attraction in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park named after Sir Edmund Hillary and are honoured that we can celebrate his life on a daily basis by sharing his memories, achievements and legacy.

"Through the Centre we will strive to uphold Sir Edmund Hillary's charity work through support of his "Himalayan Trust;" which assists in the development of schools, villages and hospitals in Nepal.

"Our thoughts and best wishes are with Lady June, Peter, Sarah and their families during this sad time."

ENDS

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