Of Death of Sir Michael Colin A series of tributes, lamentations and memories continue from friends, colleagues and politicians of all factions.
Sir Michael left politics in 2009 after a 30-year career, spending nine years as Labor finance minister, six years as deputy prime minister and a close ally of Helen Clark.
A public memorial service will be held in Tennessee on time, and as soon as a private family’s last rites are performed, funeral gatherings are not permitted under Alert Level 4 restrictions.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in a statement that the government was mourning Sir Michael’s death.
“New Zealand is rich in every way of life for Michael’s life. He gave his life to make this place better for everyone,” Ordner said.
“He was a great friend of mine and of the Cabinet and the Labor Cox. We will miss him dearly, and we are sending all our love to Ann and her family.”
“Sir Michael was one of the most influential figures in New Zealand politics in the last 40 years. Intelligent, funny and kind, he left an important legacy for the country.”
Robertson said Sir Michael’s contribution to New Zealand’s long-term economic prosperity – as a cue saver, working for the New Zealand Super Fund and families – was enormous.
“Each of these policies will define his political career, but at the same time they represent the most important contribution any politician has made in recent times,” he said. New Zealand “
He said he would also remember Sir Michael for his small acts of kindness.
“He was always ready with a piece of advice, an insight or just a funny story. He helped a lot of Labor MPs, often behind the scenes, and didn’t want any publicity.
“He was loyal to the Labor Party, but he was not afraid to express his concerns.”
In a statement, national leader Judith Collins said Sir Michael was a capable politician, a respected opponent and an authoritarian man.
“The most important thing is that he was an extraordinary and uncompromising man,” he said.
“When he retired from politics in 2009, we had this respect for him. We emphasized his vast ability and knowledge to chair the New Zealand Post and Cue Bank, as well as to be part of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies. Set for extensive review.
With a long-term view of what needs to be done to enhance New Zealand’s economic and social prosperity and stability, he will be remembered as our most effective Minister of Finance. everyone.
“We will all remember Sir Michael’s deep intelligence, intellect and vast expertise, and our thoughts and condolences are with his family.”
In a tweet, he said he was saddened to learn of his death, and the party offered its deepest condolences to his family while acknowledging his many years of service.
I am saddened to learn of the death of Sir Michael Colin. The National Party extends its deepest condolences to the family of Sir Michael and acknowledges his many years of service to New Zealand.
– JudJith CollinsMP August 19, 2021.
ACT leader David Seymour said Sir Michael was a “cautious finance minister and hasty politician”, and thanked him. Advocacy on the End of Life Choice Bill.
The ACT extends its condolences to the family of Sir Michael Colin. He was a cautious finance minister and a sharp intellectual politician. We were especially grateful for his brave choice to end advocacy when he was ill. We wish the privacy and comfort of her loved ones when they remember her.
– David Seymour (bdbseymour) August 19, 2021.
In a tweet, Greens co-leader James Shaw said the party was “deeply saddened” and that Sir Michael had left a lasting legacy.
We are saddened to hear that Michael Colin has passed away. It left a lasting legacy, including the removal of interest from Kewisor, the Super Fund, and student loans. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and our colleagues. z anz labor Party
– James Shaw (amesjamespeshaw) August 19, 2021.
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Former Labor leader David Knulfi:
National Affairs Spokesman Jerry Brownlee:
I am saddened to hear of the death of Sir Michael Cullen this morning. Although we did not always agree politically, I respected him as a great parliamentarian. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
– Gary Brownlee (erryGerryBrownleeMP) August 19, 2021.
Former National Minister Steven Joyce:
RIP Sir Michael Colin. We were clearly not on the side of politics and our respective times in Parliament passed in just a few months, but I was happy to work with him in Eastern BOP Development and other areas after his retirement. A permanent resident of New Zealand.
– Steven Joyce (venstevenljoyce) August 19, 2021.
Former United Futures Leader Peter Dunn:
Sir Michael Colin is very sad news. The Colin Fund, a giant of New Zealand politics – is working for families in its legacy. I enjoyed his intelligence and intelligence. My deepest sympathies are with his wife Ann and her family. Michael will be remembered but will never be forgotten.
– Peter Dunn (onhonpeterdunne) August 19, 2021.
Former Member of Parliament for New Zealand First, More Pacific and National Tao Heinare:
It was sad to see the notice of Sir Michael Colin’s death. He was one of the smartest men in the Labor Party. Moe Mai ra e te rangatira Micheal. Haare Okioki koe. # RIP
– West Side 8345 (utauhenare) August 19, 2021.
Former Wellington Mayor Justin Lester:
Saddened by the news of the death of former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Colin. He was a reformist finance minister and left us a legacy of Kiwi Saver, which will strengthen New Zealand’s economy and capital market for decades to come. RIP Sir Michael and arohanui to n and whānau.
– Justin Lester (ustjustin_lester) August 19, 2021.
Musician and documentary Mawana Manyaputo:
– anmoanatribe August 19, 2021.
Wellington lawyer and former journalist Linda Clark:
I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sir Michael Colin. He was a prominent Member of Parliament and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Sharp as a razor, dedicated to helping others. His legacy is huge. Check your Cavsor balance today and thank you.
– lindaclark1 (ind lindaclark1) August 19, 2021.
Poet and author Bill Manheer:
– Bill Man Higher (acpacificraft) August 19, 2021.