Rosa Oliver 91, Human Rights Campaigner – RIP

Human rights campaigner and pacifist Rosa Oliver, 91, died in Blenheim last Wednesday.

Miss Oliver was active in the anti-nuclear movement, advocated for homosexual rights and protested against the Waihopai spy base in the Waihopai Valley, Mr Wood said. She corresponded with people in prison, including two men on death row in the United States, and regularly wrote to politicians. Miss Oliver recently told Mr Wood: “I will not die until justice is done”.

In later years, she promoted Maori issues and campaigned for Scott Watson, whom she believed was wrongly convicted of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. Watson was convicted after the pair disappeared in the Marlborough Sounds in January 1998.

Her funeral is being held at St Mary’s Catholic Church in, Blenheim, today, Tuesday 22 May at 12.30pm.


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