Necrology – a list of notable people who have died recently. Now a regular feature on our blog.
- Heather Begg, 1932-2009 New Zealand mezzo-soprano who had a distinguished opera career in Australasia and Britain
- Les Bloxham, 1937-2009 Christchurch travel and aviation writer, reporter for The Press
- James Kirkup, 1918-2009 Poet notorious for his verse published by Gay News, which inspired the last successful trial for blasphemy
- Anne Scott-James, 1913-2009 Author and journalist with a talent for caustic one-liners who edited Harper’s Bazaar and later became an authority on gardening.