Euthanasia campaigner Lecretia Seales' funeral to be held today

Friends and family of euthanasia campaigner and lawyer Lecretia Seales will today farewell her in Wellington.

The 42-year-old took her plea to have the right to choose when to die to the High Court, but was rebuffed, with the judge saying only Parliament could change the law in that area.

Ms Seales had an inoperable brain tumour and husband Matt Vickers had joined her in her campaign, which has resulted in growing support for parliamentary debate on the topic.

Outside of work, she also loved cooking, singing and dancing the tango. She studied four different languages.

On TVNZs Sunday programme she said the happiest day of her life was her wedding to Matt.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Professor John Burrows are some of the high profile lawyers who will be speaking at the funeral.

The funeral is at 2pm at Saint Pauls Cathedral, which looms over Parliament in Wellington.

She lost both her battle with cancer and the fight to end her life but brought the right to die debate into the public eye. Source: 1 NEWS


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Jerry Collins' daughter in a 'worrying state' - French official

Ayla Collins, the three-month-old daughter of late All Black Jerry Collins, is in a "worrying state" according to a prosecutor in the southern French city of Beziers.

"The state of the health of Ayla still remains worrying," Yvon Clavet said overnight in a statement, news agency AFP reports.

Ayla was injured on Friday in a road accident that killed Collins and his partner Alana Madill. The car Ms Madill was driving was hit by a bus.

Friends of Collins have visited his body in France and family members are making arrangements for his funeral in New Zealand.

Family of Ms Madill are in France and were with Ayla.

Collins captained the All Blacks three times and played 48 Tests.


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Man shot in the leg at Kapiti Coast home

A man has been injured after an altercation involving a firearm in Waikanae this morning.

Police say the man suffered moderate gunshot injuries to his left leg at a Queens Rd property. The victim's injuries are not life threatening.

The incident happened at 12.30am and police say no other people were injured.

Two people who were found a short distance away from the scene are helping police in this matter.

Police say scene examination will take place later today.

Police Source: 1 NEWS


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