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Dave Hereora a fighter for workers

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Former Labour MP Dave Hereora is being remembered as a fighter for workers' rights.

The long time union organiser died on Tuesday of a short illness just days before his 58th birthday.

He is lying in state at Hairini Marae in Tauranga, where his funderal will be held tomorrow morning.

Syd Kepa, the Maori vice-president of the Council of Trade Unions, says he worked closely over the years with Mr Hereora through his contributions to the unions he worked for and the CTU runanga.

"His whole persona was around working people and working class people. Dave was clear as to the perspectives he liked to bring to workers in terms of their conditions and wage rates. Dave was also prominent in a lot of the rallies we had, particularly agasinst the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and just lately against the Gaza situation," he says.

The Labour Party has also paid tribute to Dave Hereora, with leader David Cunliffe describing him as a constructive and collegial member of the Labour team who dedicated his life to the fight for low income workers.


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