Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Statement on the passing of Sir Peter Snell

Wellington, NZ: We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Sir Peter George Snell on December 12, 2019, at the age of 80 in Dallas, Texas.

Our sincere condolences are with Peter Snell's family during this painful time. Our hearts especially go out to his wife, Miki, as well as everybody touched by Peter’s extraordinary talents.

Despite living in the U.S., Peter kept his connections with home alive in many ways, including as a Patron and Ambassador of Parkinson's NZ for nearly two decades.

Peter’s late brother, Jack, had Parkinson’s, which inspired the legendary sprinter to mobilise awareness for the condition.

In mid-2016, we were extremely grateful for Peter’s generous donation of some proceeds from his $122,500 sale of the singlet he wore for his record-breaking 1965 Tokyo Olympics campaign. Peter has also spearheaded several fundraising dinners to support our charity.

“To show our gratitude to Peter Snell for the support he gave Parkinson’s New Zealand over the years, we will introduce the “Peter Snell Get Going” Award in his honour, pending permission from the family,“says PNZ Board Chairman, Peter Garelja.

Peter’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless inspirations that enrich and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s. The world is immeasurably better because of Peter.

Parkinson's NZ will award the “Peter Snell Get Going” Award in Peter’s honour to the person/s who challenge themselves to use exercise in raising funds and awareness of Parkinson’s in New Zealand.

We fondly remember Peter as a terrific supporter of the "Get Going for Parkinson’s" initiative. To start things off for new members to the programme, Peter designed a pack that included training tips from the Opunake-born Olympian.

Peter continues to inspire us to use sporting events and other physical challenges to get fit and raise funds at the same time.

Nearly 60 years after setting them, Peter still holds the NZ records for 800 & 1,000-metre races to this day.

We will forever be appreciative of Peter Snell’s generous support of people living with
Parkinson’s in New Zealand.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Double Standard That’s Bound To Dominate The Election

Are National really better political managers than Labour, particularly when it comes to running the economy? For many voters – and the business community in particular - their belief in National’s inherent competence is a simple act of faith. (For them, centre- left governments are just a temporary aberration by misguided voters, to be tolerated only until business-as-usual can be resumed.) Routinely for instance, the business confidence surveys continue to perpetuate the myth that National are the only prudent stewards of the economy. By and large, the business confidence surveys have been an outlet for the sustained temper tantrum felt by business leaders at the election result of 2017, rather than providing a rational assessment of the actual economic conditions. More>>

Published on Werewolf


Coronavirus: Health Staff To Meet China Flights

Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. More>>


WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>


Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>






InfoPages News Channels