Media Commentary on Roger Kerr

The Herald, Stuff and TVNZ are all now reporting “Breaking News” and have now posted articles on Roger Kerr.

The NZ Herald describes Roger Kerr as a “national treasure” using Douglas Myers’ description of him:

High-profile business leader Roger Kerr has died after a year-long battle with metastatic melanoma.

He was 66.

Kerr headed right-wing public policy think tank the New Zealand Business Roundtable for 25 years and was once described by beer baron Sir Douglas Myers as a “national treasure.”

He died peacefully at his home last night with family present.

Stuff reports Business leader Roger Kerr dies:

Business leader Roger Kerr has died overnight after a long battle with cancer.

The Business Roundtable chief executive has been gravely ill for the past couple of weeks.

He died late last night at “peacefully” at home with his wife and family, Roger Patridge, chairman of the Business Roundtable, said.

“I’m upset,” he said. “It’s a huge loss for his family and New Zealand. He is an iconic New Zealander who has done more for this nation, than any other.”

Kerr was diagnosed with melanoma three years ago and found it had spread last October.

His illness was particularly difficult for his wife, Catherine Isaac, who is running for the ACT party this election.

Kerr’s doctors told him the average life expectancy for his type of aggressive cancer was six to nine months. He had been “fighting a battle” ever since, Patridge said.

Before his business roundtable role, Kerr senior figure both in the New Zealand Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

TVNZ says CEO Roger Kerr loses cancer battle:

Business Roundtable CEO Roger Kerr has died overnight after a long battle with cancer.

The 66-year-old had been gravely ill and died peacefully at his home last night with his wife and family. 

The high profile business leader was diagnosed with melanoma three years ago and found it had spread last October.

UPDATE: NewstalkZB – Accolades Flow for Roger Kerr:

Accolades are flowing following news of the death of Business Roundtable stalwart, Roger Kerr.

The 66 year-old was actively involved in the group right up until his death overnight.

He’s been battling melanoma for three years.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief Ralph Norris says Mr Kerr was prepared to fight for policies to improve New Zealand’s economy.

“A lot of the changes that took place in the 80s and to a lesser extent the early 90s have a lot to do with Roger’s work,” says Mr Norris.

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