Audio from the State Funeral
General Order of Service for the State Funeral
Prior to the Service, a medley of Sir Edmund Hillary’s favourite music was played.
The State Funeral Service was officiated by the Right Reverend John Paterson, Bishop of Auckland; the Very Reverend Ross Bay, Dean of Auckland and the Very Reverend Peter Beck; Dean of Christchurch.
There were readings by the Governor-General and a Hillary family member, and tributes by Prime Minister Helen Clark, members of Sir Edmund’s family, Norbu Tenzing Norgay, Jim Wilson, and Rev Peter Beck.
The final Blessing was conducted by the Bishop of Auckland, the Rt Rev John Paterson.
The Recessional: The Bishop of Auckland, the Dean of Auckland and the Dean of Christchurch led the casket procession from the Church to the Cathedral forecourt.
Those taking part in the Service also included:
The Choir of the Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and Director of Music Canon Peter de Bloise
Paul Tarling, Belinda Godfrey Memorial Organ Scholar
Dame Malvina Major
Gillian Ansell, violinist, NZ String Quartet.
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Edmund Percival Hillary [ca 1953]. Pascoe, John Dobree, 1908-1972. Edmund Percival Hillary. Ref: 1/2-020196-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22676310