Is­land fi­nal rest­ing place for An­der­ton

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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.

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