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Dame Ruth an example of fairness and decency

Clayton Cosgrove Media Statement

Member of Parliament for Waimakariri

22 MARCH 2000

Dame Ruth an example of fairness and decency

Dame Ruth Kirk has left a legacy of fairness and decency as her memory to most New Zealanders, says Waimakariri MP, Clayton Cosgrove.

Mr Cosgrove said that while the home Dame Ruth and Norman Kirk had built in Kaiapoi left a visible reminder of their lives in the area, it had been the other qualities the two shared that provided the lasting legacy.

Mr Kirk had also served as Kaiapoi Mayor during his political career.
Mr Cosgrove said that there was a feeling of sadness mixed with respect for a life well lived in Waimakariri after the news that Dame Ruth had died on Monday.

“I think it is fair to say that the couple were an example of everything that is good about New Zealanders,’’ he said.

Dame Ruth had displayed an unshaking commitment to stand up for what she felt was fair, regardless of whether the issues had been fashionable or not.
He was pleased that in recent years there had been a growing recognition amongst New Zealanders of both the vision and greatness of Norman Kirk and also of the major part Dame Ruth had played in his career.

He planned to attend the funeral for Dame Ruth in Christchurch this week.


For further information please contact:

Clayton Cosgrove
Member of Parliament for Waimakariri
Phone: 04 470 6593
Mobile: 025 829 562

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