Auckland's Man Of Justice David Wakim Dies Suddenly
David Wakim, a much-loved Auckland activist and a tireless champion of the rights of the Palestinian people, has died suddenly whilst traveling in Namibia at age 60. David was an inspirational man who devoted much of his life to the struggle for peace and social justice.
By day, he was a pharmacist in Dominion Road in Auckland. Late into the night he was an active member of Pax Christi, the Palestinian Human Rights Committee and a founder of the Council for Christians and Muslims in NZ.
David put his political principles into practice in his personal life, caring deeply about the everyday struggles of the people around him. He was a wonderfully kind mentor and friend and an unassuming man.
Scoop co-editor, Selwyn Manning said: "David has heralded a message of hope for many here in Auckland New Zealand and abroad, and often would submit material to Scoop.co.nz for consideration for publishing - always with an ideal of justice as his motivation. His work and message will be missed."
Sympathies and condolences to his family - his wife Janfried and their children - who like him, believe strongly in social and justice issues.
Plans are being arranged for a memorial service.