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PANZA depositor, the well-known poet/educationalist/anthologist Harvey McQueen, sadly passed away on 25 December 2010.
PANZA would like to offer their condolences to his partner Anne Else as well as his family and friends. A small private service for Harvey was held at the Main Chapel, Karori Crematorium on Friday 31 December 2010. A public memorial service was held on Friday 28 January 2011 at Old St Paul’s, Mulgrave Street, Wellington. Ian Wedde, Mark Pirie, Vincent O’Sullivan, Fiona Kidman and Roger Robinson spoke on Harvey’s literary career at the service.
In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Harvey McQueen Memorial Fund, to foster children’s appreciation of New Zealand’s birds through Zealandia. Donations may be posted to Zealandia, PO Box 9267, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.
Harvey wrote a blog Stoat Spring and was an active member of the New Zealand literary blog community. All who’ve followed his blog over the past few years will feel the loss of his presence. Harvey was also the co-editor with Ian Wedde of The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse, the memoirs The Ninth Floor and This Piece of Earth, and seven poetry collections, including Goya Rules (HeadworX, 2010). His last poetry anthology, These I Have Loved: My Favourite New Zealand Poems (Steele Roberts) appeared last October and that same year he was interviewed and featured by Mark Pirie in his poetry journal, broadsheet, issue no. 5.
PANZA greatly appreciated his contribution to building a New Zealand poetry archive.