Leonie Gill, as well as being a Wellington city councillor for five terms, was always her own person.
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Cliff Morgan was a rugby great, but was probably best known to New Zealanders for his commentary of a famous test.
The discovery of books had come as a revelation to Bill Renwick, and the enormous possibilities that education opened up. In a sense, he was made to teach.
Two plaques on the walls of Wellington's St John's in the City Church and a lectern on the communion table bear testimony to the fact Anwyl Fowler's long life was anchored near the Dixon St church.
Energetic, articulate and determined, Rosemary Barrington's career was dedicated to striving for social justice, peace and women's rights.
Shirley Edwin's funeral is said to be one of the biggest tangi held at Whakarongotai Marae since the early 50s.
Life was an exuberant theatrical experience for Richard Campion, so it was only natural he should make it his career.
Ray Richards was an influential publisher who encouraged the writing of many uniquely New Zealand voices, including Barry Crump and Mona Anderson.
Dolly Wong, Molly Ting and Dorothy Gee were three lifelong friends who all lived in the Shona McFarlane Retirement Village in Avalon before dying within 10 days of each other.
Sister Felix Breen will be remembered by many people as a legendary cook at Wellington's soup kitchens, and a kindly presence for those in need.
Lois Duncan, who organised the annual Mary Potter Hospice's $2 Christmas raffle for more than 30 years, was a highly qualified nurse who will continue giving to her community long after her death.
When architect Lew Martin went into business in Wellington late in 1954, he found the city only beginning to shrug off its dowdy pre-war face.
Acclaimed for launching the women's movement in New Zealand, Dame Margaret Shields worked tirelessly throughout her career campaigning for women's rights.
Robin McKenize a world renowned physiotherapist, dedicated his life's work to one of mankind's great afflictions - back pain.
Mirek Smisek's life changed forever at the age of 14, when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia on March, 15, 1939.
Supreme Court judge Sir Robert Chambers was respected as one of the most powerful intellects in the New Zealand legal system.
George Tyler, born a cockney in the slums of St Pancras, London, went on to carve out a life for himself as the personable advocate for New Zealand's taxi drivers.
Juliet Hensley lived a multi-faceted life as a diplomat's wife, a mother of four, a journalist and a public relations practitioner.
Monsignor Timothy Hannigan married couples, baptised their children and farewelled their grandparents.
Bernie Wood was formally farewelled by those closest to him at St Barnabas Church in Mana yesterday, but it could be said an ultimate sendoff still awaits him next Saturday.
Joe Churchward came of age as a font and graphic designer during New Zealand's own era of Mad Men- style advertising.
On a trip back to Wellington last month, Parekura Horomia sent his secretary out with instructions to come back with lots of beer.
Peter Foley was an old-school GP, who always had an eye on the bigger picture.
Alan Gawith was one of the last remaining veterans of the Battle of Britain, having served as a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force from the beginning to the end of World War II.
An era of small independent retailing in Wellington city, now largely eliminated by supermarkets and big barns, was recalled with the passing of Italian immigrant Antonio Cuccurullo.
Sheila Mahoney spent 43 years in nursing, rising to be the nurse manager of Wellington Hospital by the time she retired in 1995.
Sir David Ewan Jamieson was a high-profile casualty in the controversy which surrounded the then Labour government's decision to declare New Zealand off-limits to nuclear ship visits in 1984-85.
Robert Williams was an eminent mathematician and physicist who worked on the US-led Manhattan Project that produced the first atomic bomb and who went on to chair the State Services Commission.
Florus Bosch was a powerful man. When he was in his prime and running his farm at Kahutara in South Wairarapa, he would carry two calves at a time, one under each arm.
Geoff Braybrooke was a Labour MP who held the Napier seat for 21 years during some of the most turbulent times in the party's history.
Elle Claxton was the principal of West Park School in Johnsonville for 23 years.
Mike Howley was a customs officer who spearheaded changes within the department in the 1960s, moving it away from the collection of revenue to a new focus on preventing illicit drugs entering the country.
July 3, 1965 was the day coach extraordinaire Bill Freeman put Wellington rugby on the world map.
Three key events in Caleb Tucker's life set him on the road to becoming the superintendent-in-chief of Wellington Hospital from 1965-84.
An iconic radio personality of the 1980s, Kevin Black was pivotal in changing the way commercial radio was presented in New Zealand.
Sculptor and carver Jono Randell was part of a small team of volunteers who cut, chiselled and carved solid rock to create large, stylised Maori figures, on a cliff face on Lake Taupo.
Bruce Mansell, chairman of directors of Coastlands, one of the oldest shopping malls in the country, died doing what he loved best.
The last of the original members of the exclusive Order of New Zealand has died.
In a lifelong career in the education sector, Marie Bell pioneered the free-play method of pre-schooling in New Zealand and co-founded Wellington's ground-breaking progressive school Matauranga.
Simon Prior was an archetypical GP who specialised in obstetrics and paediatrics after being born into a Wairarapa medical dynasty.