Birthday girl wants no fuss
There is one reason Easter Monday was extra special for Mt Eden resident Eliza Kerrigan – she celebrated her 100th birthday.
“I just wanted to be plain and ordinary,” she says. “No fuss. I’m an old woman now.”
Born in Fiji in 1909, she still plays the piano and sings every Friday morning at her local church.
She has spent 20 years working for meals-onwheels, 14 years working for the Otara Senior Citizens Club and remains a member of care and craft at St Andrew’s Anglican Church.
Mrs Kerrigan has also been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for volunteer work and has been involved with Grey Power and Age Concern.
But she is modest about her achievements.
“I’m no good at talking, just helping,” she says.
A mother of five, she remains in good health and says she can’t grumble.
“I just take things as they come.”
She emigrated to New Zealand from Fiji in 1964 and has lived in Balmoral and Mt Eden for a number of years.
Mrs Kerrigan returned to Suva in 1999 for a holiday.
On Sunday she attended a morning tea at her local church and a family gathering was held on Monday.
Century celebration: Eliza Kerrigan with her son John. She remains an active community member.