(ed: jim anderton stood up to neoliberalism – that to my mind is the highest compliment to pay to a (political) person..)
Former deputy prime minister Jim Anderton has died.
The former Alliance leader ‘passed away peacefully overnight at Cashmere View Hospital in Christchurch’ his widow Carole said in a statement.
Funeral details will be announced in due course.
He was two weeks short of his 80th birthday.
Megan Woods – who succeeded Anderton as Wigram MP in 2011 and is now Minister of Energy said Anderton ‘hadn’t been well for a while’.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand had lost a man of integrity – compassion and dedication to public service.(cont..)