Island final resting place for Anderton
MORE than a hundred people turned out on Auckland’s Waiheke Island yesterday to farewell former Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton.
Anderton died on January 7 at Cashmere View Hospital, Christchurch and his memorial service was held in Addington, Christchurch, on January 11, but he was buried at Waiheke’s Onetangi cemetary, where he had close family links and his mother Joyce is also buried.
Among those present were representatives from the island’s Piritahi marae as well as Anderton’s family members, friends such as Dover Samuels, who sp0oke at the service, and local residents – including Brian Anderton, Jim’s brother.
Waiheke Labour party representative David Baigent said it was an honour to have such a great campaigner for the country laid to rest on the island.
‘‘We are now the kaitiaki of his legacy.’’
Jim Anderton’s family laid yellow roses as his coffin was lowered.