It is with great sadness that People First New Zealand acknowledges the passing of an incredible member this week.

 

Lyle Whitehouse, of Palmerston North, was one of the longest serving members of People First New Zealand.

 

If he was here, he could tell you the exact date he joined. Lyle was great with dates.

Lyle

Many of us in the organisation had the pleasure of working alongside Lyle over the years.   News of his passing has affected members and staff well across New Zealand.

 

Lyle will be so missed at People First Palmerston North meetings, where he held many roles over the years and was an active member of the group.

 

He was involved in the 2001 march on Parliament to demand the closing of Kimberley – the last large Institution in New Zealand.

 

He was one of our MCs at our 10 year anniversary event held at Parliament in 2013. Lyle was a great public speaker and we were so honoured to have him in that role on such an important day for People First.

 

Lyle also co-facilitated our Work and Your Rights course alongside staff, and did a great job there too.  He had a great understanding of the rights of disabled people and being a self advocate.

 

Lyle was an important and much loved member of the disability community and he will be truly missed.

 

Rest in peace, friend.