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Tributes to Justice of the Peace, Mick Goldsbro'

10 April 2006 Media Statement

Tributes to Justice of the Peace, Mick Goldsbro'

The Associate Minister of Justice, Clayton Cosgrove, today expressed his condolences at the death of New Zealand's longest serving and oldest Justice of the Peace, Mick Goldsbro'.

The 101-year-old JP passed away in Hamilton late last week. His funeral was held today.

Mr Goldbro' was this country's longest warranted JP, having held the position since 1940.

"Mick Goldsbro' gave more than 30 years of voluntary service to the communities he lived in of Hamilton, Kawhia and Otorohanga," said Mr Cosgrove. "Mr Goldbro' retired from active JP work in the late 1960's but continued supporting Waikato sporting, Rotary and community groups. In my opinion, he was a Kiwi hero."

In February, Mr Cosgrove presented a gift to Mr Goldsbro' in thanks for his work.

"Mr Goldbro' was honoured for his outstanding community service during the launch of a new JP training kit in Hamilton. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to personally express the government's thanks."

Hamilton West Labour MP and chair of Parliament's Law and Order Committee, Martin Gallagher, said he also wanted to acknowledge Mr Goldbro's proud record of service, which was widely appreciated by the communities he served.

"Our sympathies are extended to Mr Goldbro's family at this sad time."

ENDS

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