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Tributes flow for Helen Kelly

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016 Sean Martin


* "Helen spent her life standing up to powerful people and fighting for justice" - Labour leader Andrew Little

* "Helen has left a wonderful legacy that will inspire working people and their unions into the future" - CTU president Richard Wagstaff

* "Saddened to hear about the passing of Helen Kelly, a strong advocate for workers' rights" - PM John Key

* "A great loss to NZ. Passionate, determined, caring, principled" - Labour deputy leader Annette King

* "She would be remembered as a fierce champion of worker rights with warm and sometimes mischievous humour" - BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope

* "Helen was committed and passionate about health and safety. She was a constant presence, sometimes a critic and sometimes a supporter but without a doubt always intent on making life healthier and safer for people at work" - WorkSafe chief executive Gordon MacDonald

* "She championed the cause of making our workplaces healthier and safer, particularly in the wake of the Pike River Mine disaster. I enjoyed our robust and respectful discussions on employment law and health and safety and admired her passionate advocacy of the causes she strongly believed in" - Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse

* "Helen was an advocate with the highest integrity. She was passionate, intelligent and dedicated. She put forward rationale and empathetic arguments which were often hard to disagree with no matter what end of the political spectrum you came from" - Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston

* "Helen was an exceptional New Zealander - a force to be reckoned with who always stood up for the people who have the least" - Greens co-leader Metiria Turei

* "Regardless of anyone's political persuasion, New Zealanders admired her feisty commitment to workers and to the union movement" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "Really sad to hear the news about Helen Kelly - fighting for others until the end & an inspiration on many fronts" - Sue Bradford

* "It is no secret that Helen may well have entered parliament one day, and many is the commentator who saw in her a future leader of the Parliamentary Party" - Labour Party president Nigel Haworth

* "Helen Kelly was an incredible New Zealander. She fought for others and ensured their voice was heard" - Wellington mayor Justin Lester

* "Helen Kelly was an extraordinary woman who was strong, courageous and determined" - Auckland mayor Phil Goff

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