In making its choice the Herald has this to say
She was brave and inspiring, sharing something as personal and private as her death for the advancement of a human right.
Instead of spending her last months quietly with family and friends, she spent them in a legal battle - fighting for the right to choose how she died.
For that courageous effort, the late Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales is the Herald's New Zealander of the Year. She died, aged 42, on June 5 from brain cancer. Her death came just days after learning she had been unsuccessful in her High Court bid for the legal right for a doctor to help her end her life. She wanted the right to not die a painful death.
As the result of the debate she prompted, Parliament began the first public inquiry into the issue of medically assisted dying.
Her husband, Matt Vickers, fights on - determined to ensure her personal sacrifice wasn't for nothing.
It has been a big year. Lecretia worked under the radar and with humility for her entire life but at the very peak of her illness she threw everything she had into a spectacular final act. In doing so she changed the course of my life, the lives of her family and potentially the lives of many New Zealanders for the better. And today she was recognised for that with an honour given to very few and I couldn’t be prouder of her.
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Lastly, I need to make a personal plea on behalf of Lecretia. The public submission deadline for the Health Select Committee review of assisted dying is barely six weeks away, with submissions closing on the 1 February next year. Please make a submission. Even a short one will do.
Seymour has himself shown bravery in tackling this subject head on. He has a deep understanding of the moral imperative behind his voluntary euthanasia bill.
“The motivation for this Bill is compassion. It allows people who so choose and are eligible under this Bill to end their life in peace and dignity, surrounded by loved ones.”
Seymour has the support of most New Zealanders, including my own, for reasons I have written about previously.
Please make a submission supporting voluntary euthanasia.