Raymond Rose

On 3 March 2016 long-term People First Whanganui member Raymond Rose passed away, at the age of 86.


He was a father figure to many, having led the way as a role model throughout his life – one of the first to live independently after leaving the institution, the first of his friends to have a job in the community.


In the words of his good friend Robert Martin, “Raymond Rose was a leader before we knew anything about leadership. He had done things before us and we went to him for advice. He was an incredible person, a great New Zealander. He will be missed by everybody.”


Raymond took an active part in the collection of signatures for the petition to close the Kimberley Centre and the march to present the petition to then-Minister for Disability Issues Ruth Dyson, on the steps of Parliament.


He also represented People First NZ on the Ministry of Health working group during the closure of Kimberley.


The National Committee and staff of People First NZ wish to express their deep sympathy on the passing of Raymond. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.


Thank you for everything you did Raymond, for all of your hard work for a better world for people with learning disability.  May you rest in peace.