Mayor pays tribute to Raymond Boyce
1 August 2019
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester today paid tribute to the contribution to the arts community made by Raymond Boyce, who died today at the age of 91.
Mr Boyce, who migrated
from England to New Zealand in 1953, was one of New Zealand’s most significant designers
for theatre and the performing arts, as well as being an expert puppeteer and
“Raymond was a
tremendous worker for the arts, theatre especially, not only Wellington but
throughout New Zealand,” said the Mayor. “He had an international reputation.
“He focused on two
rather specialist areas of the arts - theatre design and puppetry - and
excelled in both. Wellington will miss his expertise, energy and enthusiasm.”
Mr Boyce was much
honoured during his time in New Zealand, including being made a Member of the
British Empire in 1977 and being named an Arts Icon in 2007.