Poem of the Week: Shirley Hayes

One of the best

Petanque winners: Rex and Shirley on the left.

Today we farewelled one of Kapiti’s model citizens. Shirley embodied all the best Kiwi values: warmth, friendliness, devotion to family, diligence and selflessness. She passed away suddenly last week and a large crowd turned out to pay their respects this morning.

Shirley packed plenty into her 71 years doing a range jobs, playing many sports and running an immaculate household. She and husband Rex were enthusiastic orienteers and, in later times, stalwarts of the local pentanque club. She was well known among older members of the community, as she did over 20 years of home care service on the Kapiti Coast.

The verse below, sums up her spirit and commitment to making life better for other people.


Grieve not for me or mourn awhile

For happier would I be to see you smile.

Let no tears fall since I have passed away

But miss me and remember me each day.

Live your lives as you would want to

And treat your fellowmen as I would do.

Shirley Hayes