Lady June Blundell dies at 90

03:19, Nov 01 2012
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Lady June Blundell, the regional patron of St John, cuts a ribbon to officially open the newly-refurbished Thames Ambulance Station.

One of the longest serving members of the Order of New Zealand has died.

Lady June Blundell, 90, died yesterday afternoon at Auckland Hospital after a short illness.

Lady June was raised in Wellington and was a Samuel Marsden Collegiate School old girl.

She received the country’s highest honour on 6 February 1988, a year after the Order was established, in recognition of her outstanding service to New Zealanders and the Crown. 

She was also the widow of the late Sir Denis Blundell, New Zealand's first resident Governor-General (1972-77).

Current Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, expressed his sorrow today.


"Lady June dedicated her life to the service of others.

"A softly spoken person who never sought the limelight, she worked quietly and tirelessly on behalf of many community organisations and charities."

She was active in St John throughout her life, was the founding patron of the Child Cancer Foundation, and contributed to the establishment of CanTeen in 1988. 

She was also involved with the Homai College for the Blind, Save the Children New Zealand, and the Asthma Foundation.

The Dominion Post