'I've had a wonderful life' - Lecretia Seales' moving tribute to family and friends

Lecretia Seales, the Wellington lawyer and pro-euthanasia advocate who died this morning, made a moving farewell video for her family and friends on the off chance she didn't survive her first brain surgery.

Source: 1 NEWS

"I've really had a wonderful life. I've been so, so lucky and I'm just incredibly overwhelmed and grateful for all the love and support everyone has shown me" Ms Seales said in her farewell video, filmed outdoors on a sunny day.

A smiling Ms Seales began the video by saying: "I just wanted to say a couple of words before my surgery on Wednesday".

"I'm really hopeful it's all going to go well and I'm planning to see everyone afterwards."

Lecretia Seales dies hours after her family receive High Court euthanasia decision

Ms Seales was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011 and survived the surgery.

She had radiation and chemotherapy, exhausting all medical treatment options which ultimately led to her pro-euthanasia crusade as her condition deteriorated.

She died just hours after her family received the High Court decision about whether her doctor could euthanise her without fear of prosecution.

Ms Seales had gone to the High Court in Wellington this year to request a landmark ruling to allow her doctor to assist her in dying, without the risk of prosecution under the Crimes Act , in the event her final days became unbearable to her.

The High Court decision is expected to be released to the public this afternoon.

Lecretia Seales moving video to family and friends before brain surgery. Source: Sunday


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'One of the finest human beings I have met': Sir Geoffrey Palmer's tribute to Lecretia Seales

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer has written a heartfelt tribute for his former colleague Lecretia Seales, who died of brain cancer today.

"Lecretia has got to be one of finest human beings I have ever met," Sir Geoffrey said of Ms Seales, who worked at his Wellington law firm Chen & Palmer before the pair worked together at the Law Commission.

"She never sought the spotlight. And she is extraordinarily taciturn. But deep down there is a person of great compassion, empathy and judgment," Sir Geoffrey wrote on Ms Seales' husband Matt's blog.

Sir Geoffrey praised Ms Seales courage in battling her sickness and then using her legal experience to battle for others.

"When her sickness struck she bore it with a fortitude and steadfastness that was amazing.

"Her idea to turn her experience into a law reform project was typical of her. What a brilliant idea. She always thinks of others first. She never complains. I salute her."

Sir Geoffrey also praised Ms Seales qualities as a lawyer.

"I found her easy to work with and I came to trust her accuracy, her judgment, and her discretion. She is my kind of public lawyer.

"Her terrier like qualities in running down the meaning of words in old statutes was awe inspiring."

He also reminisced about spending time with Ms Seales and her husband.

"I recall Matt and Lecretia visited us in Nelson and said they were going to get married. What a wonderful couple."

Ms Seales died at 12.35am this morning of natural causes.

Earlier this year Ms Seales went to the High Court in Wellington to request a landmark ruling to allow her doctor to assist her in dying, without the risk of prosecution under the Crimes Act , in the event her final days became unbearable to her.

Her death came just hours after her family and lawyers received Justice Collins' full judgment last night, which was to be released to the public at 3pm today.

Ms Seales was diagnosed with brain cancer four years ago. After surgery, radiation and chemotherapy she had exhausted all medical treatment options which ultimately lead to her pro-euthanasia crusade.

Just hours after her family learnt the outcome of a court hearing about her right to die at a time of her choosing, the Wellington lawyer died. Source: 1 NEWS


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Kiwi startup to take on the world in Silicon Valley

A New Zealand startup company is taking on the world for bragging rights at the World Cup Tech challenge in Silicon Valley this week.

BraveNewCoin will join 24 other companies from 18 countries competing today at the United States based challenge.

The competition chooses the startups from several hundred applicants and 53 different countries.

BraveNewCoin is a technology and data company providing insight into the digital currency market. It will take part in the FinTech category against starups from the Netherlands, Mexico and United States.

CEO and Founder of BraveNewCoin Fran Strajnar said it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the depth of tech entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

Mr Strajnar will visit San Francisco this week and has had a wealth of support from Tauranga based Wharf42.

Wharf42 founder Peter Wren-Hllton was selected to compete previously and was instrumental in bringing influential investors to New Zealand in May to help Kiwi startups connect with the United States.

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