Fletcher Tabuteau, New Zealand First Deputy Leader
“On behalf of New Zealand First and its leader the Rt Hon Winston Peters, it is with deep sorrow we inform you of the passing of New Zealand First’s treasured and loved life member, Tommy Gear,” New Zealand First Deputy Leader Fletcher Tabuteau says.
“He was a major part of the foundation for building New Zealand First, a true stalwart of the party, and has been the Rt Hon Winston Peters’ most trusted advisor for 26 years,” Mr Tabuteau said.
He passed away peacefully on Saturday after an extended and valiant battle.
“Tommy Gear was a trusted confidant, a loyal, honest, and passionate New Zealand First supporter and member who strongly believed in the party,” Mr Tabuteau said.
“In September last year at New Zealand First’s 25th anniversary conference, both Tommy and his wife Mary were honoured with life membership in recognition of their dedicated service to the party.
“New Zealand First would not be here today if it weren’t for our loyal members like Tommy and Mary working tirelessly behind the scenes.
“Tommy Gear was, amongst many things, a successful businessman who contributed so much to many lives.
“We extend our sincerest condolences and aroha to Tommy Gear’s wife Mary, his children, extended family, friends, and the many people who will be feeling his loss right now.
“We hope that you will all find some peace in the legacy that Tommy leaves behind. That of a great husband and father, for the pillar of strength he provided to New Zealand First, and for the pivotal role he played in shaping New Zealand’s political history,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.