New Zealand music stars who deceased at age 62

Here are 7 famous musicians from New Zealand died at 62:

Peter Mahon

Peter Mahon (November 1, 1923-August 11, 1986) was a New Zealand lawyer. He had one child, Sam Mahon.

Peter Mahon is best known for his role as the Commissioner of Inquiry into the crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901, also known as the Mount Erebus disaster, in which 257 people were killed in 1979. Mahon's inquiry uncovered a number of systemic failures at Air New Zealand and criticized the airline's executives for their handling of the accident. Mahon's famous phrase "an orchestrated litany of lies" became a key part of New Zealand's aviation vernacular. The inquiry's findings led to significant changes in New Zealand's aviation industry and helped to improve air safety around the world. Aside from his work on the inquiry, Mahon had a successful legal career and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974.

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Norman Read

Norman Read (August 13, 1931 England-May 22, 1994 Pirongia) also known as Norman Richard Read was a New Zealand personality.

He gained public recognition as an actor, writer, and television host and is best known for his work on the New Zealand children's television show "The Magic Circle Club." Read was born in England but grew up in New Zealand, where he began his acting career in the 1950s. He worked on various television shows and movies in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom throughout his career. In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Read was a passionate animal rights activist and supporter of the SPCA. He retired from television in the 1980s and spent his later years on his farm in Pirongia, where he passed away in 1994.

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Don Beard

Don Beard (January 14, 1920 Palmerston North-July 15, 1982) was a New Zealand personality.

He was best known for his work as a Radio and Television host. He joined the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in 1937 at the age of 17 and later hosted several popular radio shows, including "Junior Magazine" and "Karaoke Cavalcade". He went on to become one of the first faces of New Zealand television when he hosted the first-ever live broadcast from Auckland in 1960. In addition to his broadcasting career, Beard was also an accomplished stage actor and director, having worked with many theatre companies throughout New Zealand. He was widely recognized for his contributions to the entertainment industry, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 for his services to broadcasting.

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Norman Gallichan

Norman Gallichan (June 3, 1906 Palmerston North-March 25, 1969 Taupo) was a New Zealand personality.

He was a journalist, author, and radio broadcaster. Gallichan worked for several newspapers in New Zealand, including The New Zealand Herald, The Auckland Star, and The Dominion. He also wrote books on various topics such as history, sports, and travel.

Gallichan was well-known for his radio show, "Uncle Scrim," which aired from the 1940s to the 1960s. He created the character of Uncle Scrim, an old sailor who told adventurous stories to children. Gallichan wrote all of the stories himself, and the show became very popular among children and adults alike.

Aside from his journalism and radio career, Gallichan also served as a soldier in World War II, and later became involved in politics. He was a member of the New Zealand National Party and ran for a seat in Parliament in 1966.

Gallichan passed away in 1969 in Taupo, New Zealand, at the age of 62. He is remembered as a beloved New Zealand figure, cherished for his creative storytelling and contribution to the country's cultural landscape.

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Bert Cook

Bert Cook (December 24, 1923 Wairoa-April 5, 1986) was a New Zealand personality.

He was a broadcaster, actor and writer, and is best known for his work on the New Zealand television show "Beauty and the Beast," which aired from 1969 to 1982. Cook was also a licensed pilot and served as a navigator for the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II. After the war, he worked as a journalist for the New Zealand News and later as a broadcaster for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. In addition to his work on "Beauty and the Beast," Cook wrote several books and plays, including "The Benevolent Terrorist" and "The Brethren." He was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 1985 for his services to broadcasting and the community.

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Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes (April 29, 1950 Hawke's Bay-February 1, 2013 Pukehou) also known as Paul Scott Holmes, Sir Paul Scott Holmes or Holmes, Paul was a New Zealand journalist and actor. His children are called Reuben Holmes and Millie Elder-Holmes.

Discography: Paul Holmes.

He died caused by prostate cancer.

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Parekura Horomia

Parekura Horomia (November 9, 1950 Tolaga Bay-April 29, 2013 Tolaga Bay) was a New Zealand spokesperson.

He was of Māori descent, and before entering politics, he worked as a shearer and a forest worker. In 1999, he was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the Labour Party representative for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, a Māori electorate. He was known for his promotion of Māori culture and language and for advocating for the rights of indigenous people. In 2000, he was appointed as the Minister of Māori Affairs by Prime Minister Helen Clark, a position he held until 2008. During his time as Minister, he worked to improve the social and economic well-being of Māori communities and was instrumental in the establishment of the Māori Television channel. After his political career, he returned to his hometown of Tolaga Bay, where he continued to support Māori language revitalization efforts until his passing in 2013.

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