5 Feb 2020

Public funeral service for former PM Mike Moore announced

2:55 pm on 5 February 2020

The Prime Minister has announced there will be a public funeral service held for former Labour Prime Minister Mike Moore.

Mike Moore.

Mike Moore. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Mr Moore passed away at his home in Auckland on Sunday, aged 71.

The country's 34th prime minister suffered a stroke in 2015 when he was New Zealand's ambassador in Washington DC and had been in declining health in recent years.

A public service will be held on Friday 14 February at Dilworth School senior campus in Epsom, Auckland at 2pm.

Jacinda Ardern said the service will be an opportunity to "acknowledge Mr Moore's major contribution through years of public service to New Zealand and New Zealanders, and for his considerable roles in the international arena".

"The service will be a celebration of Mike's life and a chance for his family, friends and members of the public to pay their respects," Ardern said.

The service is being arranged in coordination with Moore's widow, Yvonne Moore.

A condolence book is available to the public in the main foyer of Parliament House.

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