Stuff reports that Winston Peters has informed the House that Brian Donnelly died this afternoon after a short illness.
That is indeed sad news. Donnelly was the pick of the NZ First crop in this Parliament up until his retirement from the House to take up the role of High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. He recently had to stand aside from that role due to ill-health. The photograph to the left is of Donnelly receiving his Queen's Service Order at a recent investiture at Government House.
Keeping Stock extends its sympathy to the Donnelly family, and to the NZ First caucus.