Un­der­hills re­mem­bered

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The fam­ily and friends of Jas­mine and Jack Un­der­hill gath­ered at Whenua Tapu ceme­tery ear­lier this month to lay Jack’s ashes to rest with his late wife and to un­veil their head­stone.

The Fe­bru­ary 8 event marked the end of a long re­la­tion­ship be­tween the peo­ple of Porirua and two of the city’s most out­stand­ing ci­ti­zens, said daugh­ter Yvonne Un­der­hill-Sem.

Jas­mine Un­der­hill, nee Pa­matatau, was the first Pa­cific Is­land woman in New Zealand to hold the of­fice of deputy mayor, a po­si­tion she held from 1989 till 2001.

Fol­low­ing Jas­mine’s death in 2005 her name was com­mem­o­rated by the nam­ing of the Jas­mine Un­der­hill Re­serve on Aotea Drive.

Yvonne said equally im­por­tant in Jas­mine’s life was her com­mit­ment to Pa­cific women and she was an im­por­tant fig­ure in the for­ma­tion of Paci­fica Can­nons Creek.

Jack Un­der­hill will be re­mem­bered as a man of his com­mu­nity. He held sev­eral po­si­tions on dif­fer­ent school boards, was a life­long mem­ber of the Can­nons Creek Swim Club and in his later years took to walking and be­came an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ora Toa Dash­ers Taupo re­lay team.

Jas­mine and Jack raised their six chil­dren in Porirua and en­riched the lives of many oth­ers.

Re­mem­bered: Jas­mine and Jack Un­der­hill’s head­stone, added at a cer­e­mony ear­lier this month.

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