Dr Marie Bell CNZM, Past Patron of Parents Centres New Zealand

We are immensely sorry to lose our wonderful Patron, Marie Bell, who passed away on November 3 2012.

Marie was an inspirational leader and was incredibly passionate about the role of parenting for the future of New Zealand.

Read Marie's inspiring story, from our 60th Anniversary Commemorative edition of Kiwiparent, August-September 2012, here - Marie Bell story Click to Download Reader

Marie completed her thesis when she was 83, becoming the oldest PHD graduate in the history of Victoria University. Her thesis - "The Pioneers of Parents Centre: Movers and Shakers for change in the philosophies and practices of childbirth and parent education in New Zealand" can be read here.

RIP Marie Bell, you were the giant kauri in our forest and you will be sorely missed.