Leader of the Opposition
14 October 2016
Labour mourns passing of Helen Kelly
Helen Kelly was a passionate advocate for working New Zealanders and for a safe and decent working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Helen Kelly spent her adult life fighting for the right of every working person to have dignity and a better life.
“Helen was a fighter. She was a passionate advocate for the causes she believed in – fair treatment for working people, justice in the workplace and the opportunity for all Kiwis to live better, more fulfilling lives at work.
“Her tireless campaigning and advocacy made a real difference and her commitment to her cause saw her championing the need for safer working conditions for those in the forestry industry, shining a light on an industry that has for too long neglected the people who work in it.
“The way that Helen continued to stand up for what she believed in even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer was an inspiration. To the very end of her life, she was an example of extraordinary dedication and tenacity.
“Helen spent her life standing up to powerful people and fighting for justice. Her passing is an enormous loss to New Zealand and our thoughts are with her husband Steve and her son Dylan, says Andrew Little.