Porirua stal­wart Freda To­hill dies

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Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau stal­wart Adalina Winifred (Freda) To­hill died on May 29, aged 79.

To­hill, a reg­is­tered mid­wife, was a car­ing friendly per­son who op­posed in­jus­tice in any form.

She be­came a mem­ber of the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau in 1998, and com­pleted 15 years of ser­vice be­fore re­tir­ing in March.

She was a fear­some ad­vo­cate for the many Work and In­come Ben­e­fi­cia­ries she ad­vo­cated for.

To­hill en­joyed be­ing among people, and could of­ten be seen out and about talk­ing about the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau.

She re­ceived many a hug from clients and was af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘‘Lit­tle Mother’’ by some.

The Older Per­son Ad­vi­sory Group and Grey Power were two of her other ‘‘mis­sions’’, not to men­tion the work she did when changes to Kenepuru Hospi­tal were mooted.

She be­came a mem­ber of the Kenepuru Con­sumer Group to ad­vo­cate on be­half of the com­mu­nity to re­tain ser­vices.

To­hill was ex­tremely in­volved in her neigh­bour­hood in Els­don, and al­ways knew what was go­ing on and where there was a need she would try to help. She in­sisted that ev­ery­one was pre­pared for an emer­gency, that they were aware they needed to have a sup­ply of bot­tled wa­ter.

One of her great loves was gar­den­ing – no- one left her house with­out some­thing from the gar­den ei­ther to eat or to grow.

She was given a Civic Award from Porirua City in 2008.

In 2010 To­hill was named a Ki­wibank Lo­cal Hero.

Much missed: Freda To­hill, who died re­cently.

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