‘Original' who made difference

Aline Joan Pengelly
Former Palmerston North city councillor, regional councillor, teacher
Born in Dargaville, May 7, 1925
Died September 26, 2012.

Overseeing a city's growth

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Morgan David Evans.
Town planner.
Born September 24, 1928.
Died July 6, 2012.

Family drilling firm made lasting legacy

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Spencer Richardson played an important role in New Zealand's post-World War II building effort, Bob Williams writes.

Pioneer of hospice care

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June Gwenda Connor.
Founding nurse manager Arohanui Hospice.
Born Auckland, June 27, 1928.
Died Auckland, March 7, 2012.

An advocate for birth issues

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John Daniel Crowley
Obstetrician, gynaecologist, right to life campaigner.
Born Greymouth, July 18, 1926.
Died Palmerston North, March 13, 2012.

Exploring life's beauty and clarity

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Sir Paul Callaghan was one of New Zealand's best loved and most decorated scientists.

Kahu Durie, a life well spent

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An unshakeable faith and a simple philosophy of karma drove Reverend Kahu Durie to fulfil a life dedicated to uplifting others.

His greatest gift was teaching

A love of learning and teaching were the key to success for Massey University Professor Emeritus Alan Williams.

Nola Simpson: Always coming up roses


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Nola Mary Simpson
New Zealand's top award-winning rosarian – rose breeder, judge, exhibitor, administrator, author and speaker.
Massey University lecturer in computer science.
QSM for services to roses 1995, Massey Medallist 2002.
Born Carterton, May 8, 1930.
Died Palmerston North June 15, 2011, aged 81.

Former principal was 'people person'

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Desmond Ivan George, known as Ivan. QSM for community service, 1994.
School teacher and principal of Foxton's Coley St School.
Sportsman, musician, local historian, chairman of the Foxton Festival, instigator of the annual Foxton mural competitions.
Born: Taihape, February 13, 1932.
Died: Foxton, June 5, 2011, aged 79.

Feilding farewells everyone's Uncle Jimmy

Jimmy Cowx

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Stanley Tom Cowx, better known as Jimmy, Feilding's town cleaner.
Honorary Uncle Jimmy to most of the town.
Born April 16, 1938.
Died June 8, 2011, aged 73.

Policewoman had caring side

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Margaret Jane Cleland Donnelly, (nee Holder), QSM (December 2000).
Former policewoman, nurse, dressmaker, Opiki dairy farmer, Red Cross worker, wife, mother and grandmother.
Born Levin, 1916.
Died June 2, 2011, in her 96th year.

Many strings to role model's bow

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Marion Anne McLaughlin.
Reporter and editor, mother and foster parent, Milson Playcentre manager, human resources trainer and manager. Born Feilding, December 13, 1952.
Died Wellington, March 2.

Engineer's focus underground


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George William Neil ("Neil") Johansen: MNZM (2001).
Upper Hutt and Palmerston North City Council city engineer; Justice of the Peace and past president of New Zealand and Manawatu JPs' associations; 7th Field Co Engineers, 2NZEF WW II.
Born Auckland, August 15, 1923.
Died Palmerston North, February 22, 2011, aged 87 years.

A good-humoured policing stalwart

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Peter Alfred Bridge.
Police officer with the serious crash unit, Serving Brother of the Order of St John.
Born Auckland, March 16, 1947.
Died June 4, 2010.

A life of service to community

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Yvonne Marshall.
QSM, Kuia of Te Kura Kaupapa O Manawatu and Palmerston North city councillor.
Died Palmerston North, August 27, 2010.

'Potato king' dies aged 76

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New Zealand's  "potato king", staunch family man and agricultural baron James (Jim) Bull has died in Hunterville, aged 76.

Tributes flow for legend

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Hockey and cricket legend Bruce Turner planned his own funeral down to the last details.

Feisty academic missed

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Robyn Janet Leeming, JP.
Former city councillor, sociologist, business leader, head of Massey University's Graduate School of Business.
Born Christchurch, February 9, 1947.
Died Wanganui, March 17, 2010.

Potting prof always there

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Arnold Walter Frank Davey PhD.
Retired Associate Professor.
Born Dannevirke, July 19, 1924; 
Died Palmerston North, November 21, 2009.