Roger Kerr has died

In announcing the death of Roger Kerr, Business Round table chief executive, the New Zealand Herald quotes Sir Douglas Myers who calls him a national treasure.

I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him but have long admired him through his writing.

He explained his views simply and backed up opinions with fact.

He made huge contributions to business and public policy.

His death is a loss to New Zealand.

It is an even greater loss to his family and friends to whom I offer my sympathy and this:

Turn Again To Life

 If I should die and leave you here awhile,

Be not like others sore undone who keep

Long vigil by the silent dust and weep.

For my sake, turn again to life and smile,

Renewing they heart and trembling hand to

That which will comfort other souls than

Complete these dear unfinished tasks of

And I perchance may therein comfort you.

                                                             Mary Lee Hall.

His wife, Catherine Isaac, will be carrying on his work should she get into parliament.

UPDATE: TV3 has republished a transcript of his last interview on The Nation.

3 Responses to Roger Kerr has died

  1. Odd Eiken says:

    Roger arranged a lecture tour in NZ for me on Swedish choice reforms in education in 1995, and I have since then followed his writings and kept in touch. His commitment and curiosity was impressive. He had a genuine love for his country and concern for its development. Regardless of your polical view, this is a great loss for the intellectual and constructive discussion of ideas and policies. Thanks for all the inspiration you gave us, Roger.
    Odd Eiken, former State Secretary of Schools in Sweden


  2. homepaddock says:

    Thank you Odd.

    If you follow the link in the trackback above your ocmment you’ll get to Roger’s own blog where there are many more tributes to him.


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