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Margaret farewelled in laughter-filled ceremony

Tue 3 May 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News

Margaret's coat and beloved items were given a place of honour (Picture thanks to Andrea) K' Rd character Margaret Hoffman has been farewelled by hundreds of people at a church in central Auckland. The 62-year-old known by many in the Auckland gay community simply as "Margaret from K' Rd" died in her Parnell flat last week. Many gay people were among the crowd at the Baptist Tabernacle on Queen St today for a celebration of the life of the often sharp-tongued but sometimes very sweet woman, who spent her days in "her office", a K' Rd bench, asking passersby for cigarettes. Former Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard was among the speakers (Picture thanks to Andrea) Former Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard and Labour candidate Jacinda Ardern spoke, along with K' Rd historian Edward Bennett. Pastor Marjory Gibson, who was one of the few people who knew Margaret personally, told stories about her later years. Hoffman's sister also addressed the crowd. Former Auckland Mayor John Banks was expected to attend, but was notably absent. There is a push to make a permanent memorial for Margaret on K' Rd.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 - 1:24pm

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