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A sad farewell to Robin Duff

Robin DuffRobin Duff’s death will be sad news for many of us in education circles. He was at the heart of secondary education in this country for a long time, serving two terms as PPTA president and many more years in senior positions in the PPTA.

Robin was someone you could always have a warm and thoughtful conversation with about what was happening in the politics of education: very sound, very considered, very astute.

Robin, the struggle goes on but your leadership will be greatly missed.

~ Martin Thrupp




PPTA Press Release:

PPTA regrets to announce the passing of senior vice president Robin Duff this morning.

Duff has been a long-time fixture of the association, serving as PPTA junior vice president from 2005 to 2007, president from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2011 to 2013 and senior vice president from 2009 to 2011 and 2013 until 2015.

PPTA president Angela Roberts praised Duff’s commitment to supporting secondary teachers and the work he had done to make schools a better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students.

Most recently Duff has been working hard to support Canterbury teachers through the quakes that devastated the region. His strength and compassion in this area have been appreciated by many, Roberts said.

“Robin has been a caring and vibrant part of the association for many years and will be sorely missed,” she said.

Duff passed away at Christchurch hospital surrounded by family and friends.


Further reading:
Robin Duff has died
Education and gay rights activist Robin Duff dies

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