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Helen Elspeth Byrne (nee Ferguson).

March 5, 2024

At home on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, aged 93 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Bob, cherished mother of Glenys (deceased), Martyn, and Pamela, loved mother-in-law of May, loved Nana Helen of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved sister, sister-in-law, aunty cousin and friend. Messages to 236 Revell Street, Hokitika 7810, or can be left on Helen’s tribute page at A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 57 Bealey Street, Hokitika, on Monday, March 11, commencing at 1.30pm. Private cremation to follow.


  1. Sue Wells

    Pam and Martyn so sad to hear this news . Im going to miss my little chats with Helen. A beautiful lady now at rest. My condo;ences to you and your extended family. RIP with the angels Helen

  2. Ann Bradley

    Rest in Peace Helen.
    You were such a lovely person full of wisdom and kindness. You will be missed in our neighbourhood and in the wider community.
    It was an honour to have you as my friend.
    My condolences to Pam and Martyn and all of Helen’s family that she loved so dearly.

  3. McGinity family

    We all adopted each other back in Rotorua days and nana Helen became a family icon . From positivity…humour and nonjudgment to the arts including her fabulous letter writing we thank you forever Helga for being that special person in our family.

  4. Sandra Pfahlert

    Helen was a true “gentlewoman “ and I know she will be dearly missed, thinking of all her family and friends at this time

    • Sherri

      Beautiful Helen, you will be missed. So grateful that my mum Gwen and you connected, such a special friendship you both had. Love to Pam and Martyn and families.

  5. Jennifer Hemara

    Thinking of you all at this time and the days to come wonderful memories you will have to comfort you.Aunty Helen was always there for a kind word and her cards and letters were greatly received.Love to you from Aunty Gwen’s family

  6. Olive Stokes

    I have fond memories of the times shared with Helen at Taupiri Young Mothers and with the Byrne family, especially
    Pamela who tagged along with Deborah Wilson. The district was the poorer when Helen moved to Rotorua but
    we can look back and remember Helen with love & laughter – heaven will be a brighter place with her presence.
    Sincere sympathy to Pamela & Martyn & families.

  7. Dean Hetherington

    We will miss you Helen. From your friends and neighbours Dean,Cait and Betty. RIP

    • Fiona Anderson

      Dear Nana Helen our lovely neighbour and wonderful friend to Beverley. We will miss your cheery wave and the caring notes in our letterbox when Hugo was injured. Hokitika has lost a local treasure. All our thoughts with you Pam and Martyn and family.

  8. Charlotte Peni

    In Loving Memory of Nanny Helen:

    Thank you for treating Eliza, Sam and I like family, Nanny Helen. Your warmth and kindness made our lives richer. We’ll always cherish the stories shared and the love felt in your home. You will be deeply missed. Rest in peace. Charlotte, Sam and Eliza xx

  9. Noula Markham

    Wayne and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our wonderful neighbour, Helen. She brought so much joy and positivity to our lives, always seeing the bright side of every situation. We will miss her dearly, and we share in your sorrow during this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With heartfelt sympathy

  10. Frances Flanagan

    Dear Pam
    Brian and I were so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was such an amazing wee lady.You will miss her a lot.93 is a pretty good innings though. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. We will miss Helen at The Old Lodge events as well. She was a great supporter.
    Our very best regards.
    Frances and Brian @ TEICHELMANNS

  11. Sophie, Shaun, Subash

    So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Helen and Glenys were our lovely neighbours in Rotorua, and we had been thinking of her recently. May she rest in peace.

  12. Terry Bedford

    My condolence to you all , I always enjoyed having a cup of tea and a chat with Helen after I had done work for her
    kind regards


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