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Tributes flow for Sir Graham Latimer

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/06/2016

TRIBUTES TO SIR GRAHAM LATIMER

"Today we mourn the passing of a great New Zealander. Someone who made a real contribution and who was a great advocate for Maori rights and interests" - Prime Minister John Key

"Sir Graham Latimer was just a quintessential Maori leader who was able to bridge both Maori and Pakeha politics and walk in both spheres" - Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox

"I remember him as a very staunch advocate, he will be sorely missed" - Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson

"He's a huge loss and has played a huge part in New Zealand politics. He was one of those people like Ranginui Walker who really shook the tree to try and shake the consciousness of young Maori people" - Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell

"He was a genuine leader with a reputation for having a steel-trap mind committed to making a better life for his people in the north and Maori throughout the country" - Labour leader Andrew Little

"Sir Graham Latimer was an inspirational leader, and will be remembered for helping to enshrine the Treaty of Waitangi into law" - Green Party MP Marama Davidson

"I pass on my condolences to his family and whanau and friends. Sir Graham had some good points and some less than good points. This it not the time for me to be talking about that now" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

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