Quite simply the gentlest person I have ever known
Posted on 15 April 2016
Dame Kiri described the sad news about the death of Jonah Lomu as heart stopping and quite unbelievable.
“Back in 2004, despite his bad health, Jonah readily accepted my invitation to be a special guest when we launched the Foundation at a Gala concert in NZ. That evening, before he came on stage, to rapturous applause, he asked me what he should say and his choice of subject was perfect - who was it who inspired him. Since that night I know Jonah has inspired thousands of rugby and non-rugby fans all over the world. He will remain a star forever. He was quite simply the gentlest person I have ever met. We have indeed lost a treasure. May he rest in peace.”