Veteran Wellington broadcaster Justin du Fresne dies aged 74

Veteran Wellington broadcaster Justin du Fresne has died this morning after a brief battle with cancer.

He was 74.

His career at Newstalk ZB spanned nearly 50 years, beginning in 1963 till his retirement in 2013.

Colleague of 14 years and Newstalk ZB operations manager Jason Pine remembered Mr du Fresne as “one of life’s true gentlemen.”

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“It’s a sad day for us at Newstalk ZB, he was a real icon. A lot of people are feeling it really keenly, he was such a good bloke,” Mr Pine said.

Despite being a famous name in New Zealand broadcasting, Mr du Fresne was “nothing but welcoming”, Mr Pine said.

“When I first started working with him I was relatively early in my broadcasting career but he never treated you as anything other than equal.

Mr du Fresne was known for his high standards and work ethic, arriving at 5am for his 8.30am show.

“He’s one of the most professional broadcasters I ever had the pleasure of working with,” Mr Pine said

“He was very professional, and that was right until the end. He could’ve winged his show but he never did, he always kept his standards very high,” Mr Pine said.

Tributes have poured in on social media for Mr du Fresne.