Reginald Charles Moore:
b London, March 14, 1928;
m Rebecca Swan, 1s, 1d;
d Lower Hutt, March 20, 2012, aged 84.
Reg Moore, who was born in London where he survived the blitz as a teenager, was best known as a local body politician with more than 40 years' service in Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley.
After World War II, he qualified as an electrician and worked on the London Underground before coming to New Zealand in the early 1950s as an assisted immigrant. Soon after his ship docked in Wellington Harbour, he obtained work as a technician working for the then Department of Agriculture.
While working for the department in Wellington, he met his future wife Rebecca Swan, also a technician, who grew up on a farm outside Wairoa.
Moving to Wellington did not fully appease Mr Moore's travel bug. He had a love of travel and in the immediate post-war years he travelled through Europe and learned to speak German. In the 1950s he travelled to Africa, where he worked in the Belgian Congo and Rhodesia.
He and Miss Swan married in Sydney in 1962 and after living in Australia for about two years returned to Wellington and set up home in Wainuiomata.
Mr Moore was the son of Charles and Majorie Moore. His father was a London builder. He hated being referred to as an Englishman and anyone who labelled him such was emphatically told he was a Londoner.
Mr Moore was working in the Bourkes wool scour business at Seaview before he entered local body politics as a councillor for the Hutt County Council in 1966.
He served a stint as deputy chairman from 1977 to 1980 and was chairman from 1986 to 1989, when the council was dissolved as part of local body reforms.
He served two significant stints as a Hutt City Council Wainuiomata Community Board member from 1989 to 2007 and 2010-2012. From 1989 to 2001, he was chairman of this organisation and deputy chairman in 2001-04.
At the time of his death, from a heart attack after battling cancer over the past year, he was still a member of the community board.
He combined his local body work with a variety of occupations, including newspaper advertising, real estate and insurance sales work.
He became a naturalised New Zealander in the 1980s but never forgot his London roots, exhibited by his lifelong love of HP sauce (a popular brown sauce produced in Birmingham) and Tanqueray ultra premium London dry gin.
During his early years in local body politics, central government proposed a group housing scheme for Wainuiomata. Mr Moore's view was that there should be no "ghetto" visited upon Wainuiomata via the mass dumping of state houses in the valley.
His view, unpopular at the time, was that state houses should be pepper-potted throughout Wainuiomata and that half the sections for sale should be sold privately.
The loves of his life were his family and the Wainuiomata community. In his spare time this private man exhibited a passion for photography and he took his camera with him to most places, including on his walks in to the Orongorongo Valley.
He was a home brewer and played musical instruments including the piano. He loved jazz and was a fan of big band music.
At the time of his death he harboured a dream for Wainuiomata. He wanted to see a road built round the coast, past Cape Palliser, from Eastbourne to Wairarapa.
He considered it important that there should be more than one access route for Wainuiomata. He was also an advocate of Rimutaka Forest Park facilities being expanded to encourage greater use of the park by visitors to the valley.
Mr Moore was recognised for his service to the community when he was awarded an MNZM in 2002.
Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace described Mr Moore as his mentor when he was first elected a Wainuiomata Community Board member.
"It was typical of Reg to take the time to help new members of the board learn the ropes - he had a lot of knowledge and was happy to share that knowledge. Reg Moore will be greatly missed."
Sources: Gillian Moore, Ray Wallace, Harry Martin, Kevin Nelson.