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Service for Virginia Burns

Audio from the service to commemorate and celebrate the life of Virginia Burns (a.k.a Virginia Parker-Bowles). The service was held at Old St Paul's, Wellington on 23 June 2017. A special thank you to Jac and whanau for allowing us to record and share this service. There is a tribute page for Virginia here

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  • 0:00:00 - Elizabeth Kerekere
  • 0:02:08 - David Birrell
  • 0:04:54 - Waiata Nga Iwi E (The Topp Twins/Hirini Melbourne, Pereana Pitman)
  • 0:07:55 - Vaughan Meneses, and words from Virginia's mother Judi Burns
  • 0:13:40 - Greig Wilson
  • 0:19:18 - Penny Salmon
  • 0:25:35 - Arthur Grooby
  • 0:29:06 - A time for reflection [Bathe in the River performed by Holly Smith is not included in this podcast]
  • 0:29:13 - Rebecca Elizabeth Taylor
  • 0:30:25 - Herwig Raubal
  • 0:38:38 - Sian Torrington performs This is a Femme Slam
  • 0:44:32 - Ruth Mundy performs Owls
  • 0:50:12 - Shelley Te Waiariki Howard, and words from V's boys overseas
  • 0:59:00 - Ben Mills with words from Tyrone Russell
  • 1:00:32 - Outerspaces
  • 1:06:50 - Groove is in the Heart performed by Deee-Lite [not included in this podcast]
  • 1:06:53 - Closing words from David Birrell and Elizabeth Kerekere
  • 1:10:25 - Karakia
  • 1:10:50 - Waiata Purea Nei (Henare Mahanga/Hirini Melbourne)


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Record date:23rd June 2017
Copyright (image):Alex Efimoff
Location:Old St Paul's, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004485).