Face of the day

Jim Anderton 2010

Former Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton has died aged 79.

[…] Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Government was mourning the loss of a man of integrity and?compassion.

“He was a towering figure in the Labour movement for several decades. He will be remembered as someone who stood up for his principles and for the people he represented.

“His integrity during difficult times marked him out as a true leader,” she said.

Anderton founded?two political parties, was minister of?a host of portfolios and?was made?a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June last year.

Post-earthquake,?in his role as co-chair of the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT),?he was a leading voice for restoration of Christ Church Cathedral.

Anderton?devoted much of his adult life to public service and to the ideals of the Labour movement.

Paying tribute to him, Ardern said: “He was first elected to public office in 1965 as a Manukau city councillor and served local then central government for more than 40 years, including as deputy prime minister between 1999 and 2002.

“Jim was a leader in his ministerial work, particularly in the Regional Development and Primary Industries portfolios.[…]