Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie leaves a legacy that will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders for years to come, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.
“Celia was a powerful voice for reason, sense and compassion. Her work, particularly with teenage boys, was ground-breaking.
“She has taught us about making sure teenage boys get to cross the bridge of adolescence safely, responsibly and without mollycoddling.
“Her strong desire to help young people pick the right paths in life which would help them reach their full potential was lauded not just in New Zealand but around the world.
“As a prison officer she was a source of motivation and strength. That carried over into her work in schools, with parents and as an author.
“She will be missed hugely. Our sincere condolences go to her friends and family,” Andrew Little said.