11 Jan 2018

Watch live: Jim Anderton farewelled in Christchurch

3:47 pm on 11 January 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel have arrived at the requiem mass for Jim Anderton.

Jim Anderton at his Special Investiture ceremony in 2017.

Jim Anderton at his Special Investiture ceremony in 2017. Photo: Office of the Governor-General

The former deputy prime minister died four days ago at the age of 79, after a long illness.

Watch a live video of the service here:

Cabinet ministers Grant Robertson and Megan Woods are also expected to attend today's service.

The requiem mass is being held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The requiem mass is being held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The requiem mass is being held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Photo: RNZ / Logan Church

The hearse carrying Jim Anderton's casket.

The hearse carrying Jim Anderton's casket. Photo: RNZ / Logan Church

The requiem mass is being held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Photo: RNZ / Logan Church

Pallbearers remove Jim Anderton's casket following the requiem.

Pallbearers remove Jim Anderton's casket following the requiem. Photo: RNZ / Logan Church