Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen has passed away at the age of 76.
Karen also worked under Helen Clark’s leadership and was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in March of last year. She retired from Parliament in 2009.
House Speaker Trevor Mallard confirmed in a statement that Karen’s public memorial service will be held in Tāneatua in her due time. The private funeral will be held as soon as possible.
Karen served as Deputy Prime Minister for six years and, from 1996 to 2008, she served as Vice Chairman of the Labor Party for more than ten years. She has also served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Higher Education, and Minister of Justice.
Sir Michael Cullen on a distinguished career and the ups and downs of Labor Sir Michael Cullen has a long and distinguished career in academia, politics and business.
Former Labor and Finance Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and close friend of Helen Clarke are best known for launching the New Zealand Pension Fund, also known as the Karen Fund; Kiwi Saver and Work Package for the Family.
As a main whip when the Fourth Labor Government came to power in 1984, it had a place in the era of Roger Economics and the breakdown of relations between Prime Minister David Lang and Secretary of the Treasury Roger Douglas.
After leaving politics in 2009, Sir Michael became president of the New Zealand Post and held other public service positions.
Early last year he was diagnosed with cancer, so he has been receiving palliative chemotherapy. He has just published his memoir entitled “Saving Labor”.