Jim Anderton remembered as a 'man of integrity'by RNZ
Politicians of all stripes pay tribute to the former deputy Prime Minister.
Mr Anderton died at Cashmere View Hospital in Christchurch early Sunday morning.
Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said Mr Anderton was for decades a "towering figure" in the Labour movement and would be remembered as someone who stood up for his principles.
"New Zealand has lost a man of integrity, compassion and dedication to public service," she said.
Mr Anderton devoted much of his adult life to public service and Labour ideals, she said.
"Jim's influence as President of the New Zealand Labour Party has lasted for decades. He built a powerful campaigning organisation, selected candidates who became Ministers and Prime Minister and he was an innovative fundraiser.
"His work to establish the Alliance and Progressive Parties was both difficult and trailblazing. He never gave up on the values of the Labour movement, and worked tirelessly to bring it back together through the years of the fifth Labour-led Government."
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