A Tribute to Sam

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Sam Jackson

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa – ka nui te mihi ki a koutou

It is with great sadness that the team here at City Gallery Wellington acknowledge the death of Wellington kaumatua Sam Jackson.

Sam and his wife June have had a long association with the Gallery, presiding over many occasions, including my own mihi whakatau of welcome when I commenced as Director last year.

The last time we saw Sam and June was the morning of Friday 14 June when Sam came to conduct the mihi whakatau and whakawātea to bless the opening of Shane Cotton’s exhibition The Hanging Sky. Those of us gathered for the occasion were practising our waiata when they arrived and Sam thought we sounded pretty good. That was something Sam was good at, making others feel good.

Sam had an injured ankle at the time of the blessing, but he insisted on performing the ceremony and he wouldn’t let anyone assist or support him. That kind of determination, commitment and dedication to service was remarked on by more than one person at his funeral at Pipitea Marae on Monday.

The City Gallery team extends its aroha to June and Sam’s extended family and we are grateful for all the times he and June have supported us.

Ngā mihi nui
Elizabeth Caldwell, Director