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Roger David (Buzz) Morrison

May 22, 2023

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, on Monday, May 22, 2023, in his 94th year.  Dearly loved husband of the late Lucy, love father of Doreen, and David.  Loved and cherished grandad of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law uncle, cousin and friend.   

 Messages may be left on Buzz’s tribute page at A service to celebrate Buzz’s life, will be held in the Kokatahi Community Hall, Kokatahi, on Friday, May 26, commencing at 11.30am.  Following the service, Buzz will be laid to rest with Lucy in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery.


  1. Rachel willoughby

    RIP Roger, condolences to Morrison family.

  2. Katie Martin-Wilson (Lye)

    Rest in peace Roger. Condolences to the family. I have very fond memories of Roger from our holidays to Hokitika.

  3. Anthea Keenan

    Our sympathy to Doreen, David and all the extensions. Love from Rex & Anthea xoxo

  4. Rick and Paula McCobb

    So sorry to hear of your loss, thinking of you all and sending our love xxx

    • Carlene Packham

      So sad to hear of your loss – such a lovely man with a huge personality that you will miss. Thinking of you

  5. Noeline Minehan

    Deepest sympathy Doreen and family.

  6. Kaye McNabb

    Such sad news. RIP Roger. From schooldays and the Kokatahi Store until now you have never changed. Love and sympathy to Doreen and Geoff, David and Kim and the grandkids and great grandkids.

  7. Diane & John Craig

    Deepest sympathy to all the family. Roger was a true gentleman.

    • Carole Jones

      Deepest sympathy Doreen,Geoff & Family and David,Kim &Family. Fond memories of Roger and Lucy at the Kokatahi Shop..RIP Roger.

  8. Shirley Robinson nee Broadbelt

    My deepest sympathy to all of his family. Lots of memories from Kokatahi store days. RIP from the Broadbelt family

  9. Lisa Radomski

    RIP Roger. Fond memories as neighbours out in Kokatahi.

  10. Jade Campbell

    Sending love to you all x

    • Bryan and Sandra Cudmore

      Deepest condolences to Doreen David and Families at this difficult time R.I.P Roger another Hokitika Icon called up to Heaven. Love and thoughts to all the Family and hold onto all you beautiful memories .

  11. Paul and Jill Jones

    our deepest sympathy to Doreen and Geoff, David and Kim and families. Such fond memories
    of Roger, there was always a good laugh, and fun when he was around. R.I.P. Roger

  12. Paul Thompson

    Another legend bites the dust, a great life, will be sadly missed by many, cheers poacher.R.I.P.

  13. Sharon Malloch (nee Gibbons)

    RIP great uncle Roger.
    Your wonderful sense of humour, infectious laugh & the good times we had with you will be remembered forever.
    Love & thoughts from the Gibbons family are with you all.

    • Carole Hebbend

      So sorry for your loss. Much love to all thr family

  14. Ida Havill & Family.

    Accept our deepest sympathy, R.I.P. Rodger.

  15. Ann Bradley

    My sincere condolences to Doreen and all the family.
    A life well lived.

  16. Sue Wells

    So sad tho hear this . My thoughts are with the family at this sad time
    Rest easy Roger a true legend

  17. Alvin & Kay Godfrey

    Our sympathy to Doreen & Geoff, David & Kim and all Roger’s extended family. You were a legend Roger and leave many wonderful memories especially our deer hunting and opossum days. Gone for a shot…

  18. Leanne DIEDRICHS

    Sending condolences to Doreen and David and whanau x

  19. Mason Sandra

    Always a gentleman, i enjoyed his stories and cups of tea. A pleasure to care for.

  20. Allyn and Sandy Olson

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Roger .Allyn will miss his cups of tea with Roger . Sorry we won’t be there on his last ride . Olly and Sandy.

  21. Adrian Gardner

    RIP Buzz thinking of you all at this sad time . You will be missed by many ..

  22. Bruce & Andrea Dando

    Our sincere condolences to Doreen, Geoff and all of Rogers family, may you find comfort in all the special memories shared with Roger.

  23. Joy Meyer..Nee Broadbelt

    Condolences to you and David, Doreen. Remembering fun times biking to the Kokatahi store for ice creams. RIP Roger.

  24. Merryn & Brian O'Malley

    Thinking of you Doreen, David and families. Lots of memories of when we were young. I know that Roger will still have that lovely smile on his face. Deepest sympathies on the loss of a lovely man.

  25. Matthew Fairmaid

    Condolences to Doreen and David and all the rest of the family, a true legend in his time and full of stories, you’ll be able to catch up with your old mate Cliff now Roger, rest in peace.
    Rose and Matthew Fairmaid.

  26. Jill Foster (n.Hughes)

    Condolences to the family. Buzz you were a gentleman and loved how you opened your home to the Friday night boys to share stories, have a sing-along and friendship which I was lucky enough to be apart of a few times. You will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. RIP

  27. Hellen Morris

    My deepest sympathy to Doreen,David and families.RIP Roger xx

  28. Cheryl Hutchison

    Sincere sympathy Doreen Geoff and David and Kim and whanau.
    Fond memories of Lucy and Roger. Together again.
    RIP Roger.

  29. Claire & Steve Oxnam

    Heartfelt sympathy to Roger’s family.
    We have wonderful memories of Roger in his helicopter days around Murchison. He regularly “dropped in” while hunting our property and was always up for a chat. He was a great character and definitely one of life’s good blokes. RIP Roger.

  30. Carole Hebbend

    So sorry for your loss. Much love to all thr family

  31. Sister Tui Cadigan RSM

    My sincere condolences Doreen on your dads passing May he rest in peace.

  32. Shaun and Stacey Ryan

    Condolences to Doreen, David and extended family.

    Together we hunted the mountains and always get something
    some friends we made forever which meant everything

    And in the evening the phone would ring
    to see if you’d do a deer capture stint
    and on that R22 Hughes 300, 500 skid was your footprint

    Roaring up and down the hills, around the corner to Victoria Falls
    a 16 pointer heading for the hills

    With a nod from the pilot this goes one
    quick Roger grab the net gun

    Thanks for the years Roger

  33. Kris Hamilton (née Inwood)

    Condolences to the family.

    You were a character and had many a story to tell –

    loved how you opened your home to the Friday night boys to share stories and friendship which I was lucky enough to be apart of when we called in recently

    You will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. RIP x

  34. Russell and Kay Mitchell

    Our thoughts are with you Doreen, Geoff, David Kim and families.
    Sincere Sympathy ,from Russell and Kay

  35. Graham Murcott & family

    RIP Uncle Roger thanks for the adventures, laughs and memories. Sending our love and thoughts to Doreen, David and their families. Fondly remembered by Graham, Vicki, Georgina and Angela.

  36. Jacquie Evans and family

    Another legend lost to us all. Sending caring thoughts, love and deepest sympathy to all his family, Rest in peace Roger.
    Jacquie Evans and family

  37. Janet Ornsby

    Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

  38. John and Christine Stet

    So sorry to finally have to say goodbye to this amazing man. Such great stories and a sense of humour that could always be relied on to bring a laugh. I loved the smile that was always offered to anyone who came through the door. The Friday night boys are going to miss you and your hospitality.

  39. Andrew Benjes

    Please accept my condolences during this difficult time. Uncle Roger will be missed by us all. I will always remember his wicked sense of humour but more as kids his sandpaper like stubble, I would have like to have been able to make it down to say farewell, Farewell uncle Roger.


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