Local poets will gather together next week to celebrate the life of Manukau anthologist Bernard Gadd.
Mr Gadd died suddenly at home on December 11. He was aged 72.
Mr Gadd was a widely recognised poet, playwright and author of novels and collections of short stories, winning many awards and publishing a number of books.
He also edited Manukau in Poetry, a regional poetry website.
Mr Gadd was a former head of English at Hillary College, where he worked for 17 years from 1971.
He was committed to Manukau and was patron of the Papatoetoe Residents and Ratepayers Association.
He was also involved with the Papatoetoe Historical Society.
Mr Gadd also frequently contributed letters to the editor in newspapers, challenging the status quo or highlighting what he saw as hypocrisy or bureaucracy gone mad.
Wednesday’s commemoration has been organised by Howick poets Riemke Ensing and Siobhan Harvey.
Riemke says Mr Gadd contributed largely to the local community with his enthusiasm of New Zealand poetry .
"He was a personable chap and his poetry speaks quite beautifully," Riemke says.
Siobhan says they hope to create many other memorial poetry readings and poetry competitions to remember Mr Gadd by.
The public is welcome to attend the memorial evening which is being held at 15A Ronwood Ave in Manukau city from 5.30pm on Wednesday.
Nibbles and refreshments will be provided.
Tributes will include poets Marie Cameron, Alistair Paterson and Anna Rugis.
Mr Gadd is survived by his wife Raewyn, daughter Helen and son-in-law Stuart, son David and daughter-in-law Dionne and three granddaughters.
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