2 Jul 2010

Man killed in freak crash was prominent prison chaplain

1:41 pm on 2 July 2010

The man killed when a car ploughed into his house on Auckland's North Shore was a founding father of prison chaplaincy in New Zealand.

Reverend Lawrie More, 88, was the chaplain at Mt Eden prison during the 1965 riots, and was also the first chaplain at the maximum security prison at Paremoremo.

A close friend, Reverend Douglas Mansell, says Reverend More had a strong sense of the dignity of marginalised people.

An elderly man was behind the wheel when the vehicle left the road and landed in Reverend More's bedroom at his home in East Coast Rd, Northcross. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Reverend More is survived by his children and his wife Adrienne More.