John Rutherford Moir

Born in Invercargill, New Zealand on 9 August 1941
Passed away on 9 March 2020
Late of Paraparaumu
Aged 78 years
MOIR, John Rutherford:Of Paraparaumu, formerly of Porirua. Peacefully at home on Monday 9 March 2020. Aged 78 years. Cherished and cherishing husband of Glenys. Loved father of Mark, Jo, Sarah, Paul, and Kathryn and father-in-law of Vikki, Simon, and Dave. Loved Grandad of Bailey, Tommy, Mitchell, Luca, Mackenzie, Max, and Miles. Loved brother of Doug. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all Health Care Workers who made it possible for John to stay at home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wellington Free Ambulance ( would be appreciated. A service to celebrate John's life will be held at St Andrew's Anglican Church, Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton on Friday 13 March 2020 at 11.30am, to be followed by private cremation. Messages can be placed online at or sent to "The Moir Family" PO Box 119, Paraparaumu 5254.

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I became John's deputy at Porirua College on a Monday in November in 1982 - prize-giving night, to be exact. After the prize-giving, John said to me, "You're in charge tomorrow. I need to be away for the rest of the week." Rapid promotion: I promised to brag about it to the colleagues I had just left behind in my former school. But I asked him, "How can I get hold of you if I need to?"

"Why would you need to?"he asked me.

I shrugged. "I don't know. Maybe the school might burn down or something."

I have often quoted his reply in the years since. He said, "That's exactly when I don't want to be contacted. You're in the chair. You do the job."

It's called trust. I have remembered it most when I have seen other leaders failing to trust their deputies in the most ordinary decisions. And he did not imagine that he and I would always do the same things - he once said to me, when I'd commented on our not insignificant differences, "If you and I always think the same way, one of us is redundant."

I came to enjoy my time as John's deputy, and I developed for him a significant degree of both respect and affection. It might even have been mutual. And he taught me a lot.

Rest in peace, John.
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Forgive this casual means of communicating my condolences on the passing of your husband, John. I fear I won’t convey them at all if I wait to send by post. My feelings are sincere despite the medium.

Mr Moir was my Maths teacher at Fraser High School in Form 6. Later, when I joined the staff, John was my colleague. Later still when I moved to teach at Aotea College, he was the Principal at neighbouring Porirua College and active in PPTA.

He was a very hardworking man who gave much to his students. In his early time at Fraser, some of the Maths teachers were untrained and, frankly, dreadful. I remember him dashing between his classroom and the one next door, trying to teach as many pupils as he could because the incumbent was not up to the task.

He was a formidable opponent and I was pleased he was on our side in the union.

Please accept my condolences. He will be missed most by his family but also by many more, some of whom, like me, will be slow or unable to send their respects as they don’t know of his passing .

Yours sincerely
Tina Plank (née Haggo, formerly Douglas)
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