A life of service to community

BY STACEY KIRK
Last updated 13:05 03/09/2010

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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.

She was a founding Kuia of Te Kura Kaupapa O Manawatu and a Palmerston North city councillor for six years, and taught Maori weaving to women at Highbury Plunket.

Pamela Yvonne Marama Marshall was a pillar of the community and her death has left a profound sadness for the people who knew her.

Preferring to go by her middle name, Yvonne, Mrs Marshall believed helping establish a full immersion Maori school was her greatest achievement.

Mrs Marshall was a member of the Rangitane iwi, and dedicated her career to the progression of Maori youth.

After more than 15 years of service to the Manawatu community, she was honoured with a Queen's Service Medal in 2009.

She received a Palmerston North City Council civic award in 2002 for her commitment to the community in her founding role with Te Kura Kaupapa O Manawatu and her ongoing voluntary assistance with Te Kura.

She served as a Palmerston North city councillor from 1989 to 1995, and was also a member of the community advisory group of the Manawatu Primary Health organisation, the Manawatu Prison Board, and the faculty of humanities and business studies board of the Universal College of Education.

Former Palmerston North mayor Paul Reiger recalled her absolute dedication to the community and, particularly, the Maori community.

"She was an excellent councillor by all accounts.

"She listened to what the issues were and thought carefully about each one. You couldn't ask for a better councillor than that.

"She was, in a sense, a very private person but she worked tirelessly for the whole community," Mr Reiger said.

She believed community was a way of life and once said she would never stop working for the community.

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