Mother pays tribute to 'loving son'

11:02, Apr 14 2014
Kurt Millan Green
TRAGIC LOSS: Kurt Green was a gifted writer, poet and artist with a unique sense of humour, his mother has revealed.

A Christchurch man "taken" by the sea was a gifted skateboarder and artist who was never afraid to do what he loved, his grieving family say. 

Kurt Millan Green was last seen near Greymouth's Blaketown Beach on March 9, the day of the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

The 30-year-old's body was found washed up on Rapahoe Beach three weeks later, about 11km north of where he was last seen. 

Green's family released a statement to The Press today, describing the last four-and-a-half weeks as "traumatic", but said finding him had "provided our family some closure and allowed us to grieve".

The statement, written by Green's mother Susan and "seconded" by his wider family, said they waited desperately for news after his disappearance, but came to realise he was "not coming back to us". 

"We had to accept that the sea had taken Kurt after extensively exploring all other possibilities."


Green was farewelled by his family and a "close-knit family of skateboarding buddies" last Thursday. 

Susan Green said her son was a talented skateboarder and had been sponsored by various Christchurch skateboard shops since he was a teenager. 

He had a unique sense of humour, was clever at sketching caricatures, and loved the quotes and drawings of Winnie the Pooh. 

He was also a gifted writer, poet and artist, taking after his great uncle Dennis Knight Turner, who was a celebrated Kiwi artist. 

It was only after Green's death that the family discovered some of his writings, revealing a "very intelligent and articulate man". 

"Kurt was a kind, sensitive, loving and humourous young man. He loved the non-materialistic life, appreciating art, music, all animals and nature," his mother wrote.

"He would enjoy sleeping under the stars and spending quality time contemplating the beauty of life."

Susan Green said the family were "so proud" to witness the respect Kurt's friends had for him.

"He will be remembered as the Kurt that was not afraid to do what he loved and to do it well, despite not conforming to the material world."

His death has been referred to the coroner.

The Press