12 Aug 2011

Hundreds attend Tirikatene-Sullivan memorial service

4:02 pm on 12 August 2011

Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service for former Labour MP and cabinet minister Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan.

Dr Tirikatene-Sullivan died in July, aged 79, after suffering a stroke.

A memorial service was held at the Wellington Catheral of St Paul on Friday morning.

Those attending included Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and MPs Tariana Turia, Metiria Turei and Chris Finlayson.

Dr Tirikatene-Sullivan's daughter, May-Ana Tirikatene-Sullivan, spoke of her mother's love of her mokopuna (grandchildren), saying she was best friends with them.

Dr Tirikatene-Sullivan entered Parliament in 1967 as the member for Southern Maori in a by-election following the death of the former MP, her father Sir Eruera Tirikatene.

She went on to serve 10 terms as an MP and retired from politics in 1996 after she was narrowly defeated in the new Te Tai Tonga electorate.