Birth­day girl wants no fuss

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON HOR­RELL

Cen­tury cel­e­bra­tion: El­iza Ker­ri­gan with her son John. She re­mains an ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber.

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