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Passing of Sir Paul Reeves

Statement by Professor Sir Ngatata Love

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Passing of Sir Paul Reeves

The passing of Sir Paul Reeves means for all citizens of New Zealand feelings of loss and gratitude for the service he has given to the nation.

For Maori his achievements through all stages of his career have demonstrated leadership, humility and care for all in society.

As a Wellingtonian, Sir Paul attended and supported Wellington College. Lady Beverley attended Wellington Girls College. Therefore Wellington can be justifiably proud of their rise to levels of commitment through the Anglican Church, as Governor-General, to the United Nations and in Sir Paul’s mediator roles internationally.

From an iwi perspective Sir Paul committed himself to the well-being of Taranaki Whanui and all Maori through his work on Waitangi Tribunal claims, his service as a member of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, Wellington Tenths Trust and many others groups over the years.

Sir Paul never resiled from his commitment to attain justice for those who had lost hope and needed support whether by way of spiritual support or as a modern day political activist.

The uniqueness of Sir Paul was in my experience when he was a prefect at Wellington College some years ahead of me when he ensured that the boys leaving the school grounds had their socks up and caps on straight so the dignity of the college was upheld.

His leadership in the Anglican Church developed for Maori the notion of partnership. His willingness to go to troubled countries on behalf of the United Nations portrayed the courage that guided him throughout life.

His beginnings as a Newtown boy with his father being a motor man on the trams to his occupation of Government House demonstrated his acceptance of his leadership style throughout the community.

We give heartfelt thanks to Lady Beverley and their daughters Sarah, Jane and Bridget for sharing their husband and father with us and the many other communities he served.


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