Mayor Wade-Brown Mourns Sir Paul's Passing

15 August 2011

Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown today expressed her sadness at the death of Sir Paul Reeves.

She said that Wellington City, alongside the entire nation, was feeling the loss of Sir Paul.

"Sir Paul was a man who served his church, his iwi, and the people of New Zealand," said Mayor Wade-Brown. "He will be fondly remembered as a statesman, a leader and someone who looked to unite the diverse communities and groups of people that call New Zealand home.

"He did it with grace, intelligence and humility. He stood up for the most disadvantaged members of our community and influenced decision-makers.

"He put others before himself and will be remembered as a role model, and a leader; a modest person with a great sense of humour.

"I always appreciated his gentle guidance. Sir Paul will be sorely missed by family, friends, colleagues and the entire nation," she said.

Mayor Wade-Brown said she intends to attend the state funeral for Sir Paul, scheduled for 11.00am Thursday 18 August, at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Parnell, Auckland.