29 Oct 2011

Isaac not expected to actively campaign following husband's death

4:22 pm on 29 October 2011

The ACT Party says list candidate Catherine Isaac will not be expected to actively campaign in the lead-up to November's election following the death of her husband.

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Ms Isaac's husband was Business Roundtable executive director Roger Kerr, who died in Wellington on Friday night after losing a battle with melanoma, a form of cancer. He was 66.

Ms Isaac is No 2 on the party list.

ACT leader Don Brash says Mr Kerr's death was not unexpected and he had strongly encouraged his wife to stand for the party despite his illness.

Dr Brash says Mr Kerr made a big contribution to the development of sensible economic policies over three decades and was hugely influential.

"He first began making a contribution to policy back in the 1980s, and although some people have been very critical of him, he's always carefully and quietly been persuasive. And I think has had a bigger influence on policy than almost any other single person alive."

Dr Brash says Mr Kerr was a great New Zealander.

Before joining the Business Roundtable, Roger Kerr was a senior figure in the Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list earlier this year.