By Cherie Sivignon, originally published on Stuff
Dame Alison Roxburgh, who became a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003 for services to women's affairs and the community, has died, aged 85.
From her long-time Nelson home, Roxburgh was heavily involved in the community through many organisations including the National Council of Women of New Zealand, the Suter Gallery Trust, Nelson Polytechnic and the Nelson City Luncheon Club.
She also took on national and international roles with organisations such as the International Council of Women, the New Zealand Association of Polytechnics and the Otago University Graduates Association.
National Council of Women national president Lisa Lawrence said the organisation's members were "deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Alison".
"Her leadership was a mainstay of the National Council of Women locally, nationally and internationally for a number of years," Lawrence said. "She is fondly remembered as a woman of grace, quiet wit and compassion."