On January 26th, 2023, the community of Dunedin was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time city councillor and Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board member Maurice Prendergast. He was 83 years old at the time of his death. Over his lifetime, he dedicated himself to local politics and served as a councillor for 18 years from 1989, including one term as deputy mayor from 1995 to 1998. He also served on the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board from 2013 until 2019, when he finally retired at age 80. Keep reading more.
Who was Maurice Prendergast?
Maurice Prendergast’s political career began in 1989 when he was elected to the Dunedin City Council on a platform of supporting economic growth and developing infrastructure such as roads and public transport systems. Maurice worked closely with other councillors such as Peter Chin and Dave Cull in his role as Deputy Mayor during his three-year term from 1995 to 1998. During this time he championed initiatives such as creating more jobs for youth, improving housing availability and quality, and investing in tourism projects – all contributing to a more vibrant Dunedin region.
In 2013 Maurice stood for election to the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board and won by a wide margin. As one of the oldest members on the board at 77 years old (he continued serving until age 80), many younger members looked up to him for leadership and guidance. During his term he oversaw numerous initiatives that improved life in Mosgiel-Taieri including new playgrounds for children, upgraded footpaths around town, improved facilities at local schools, upgrades to water systems that reduced water wastage and pollution levels, among many other projects that have benefited the community over the past eight years.
Maurice was known for being an outspoken advocate for what he believed in but also had a warm personality which made him well liked by all who knew him or worked with him over the years. He will be remembered fondly not only by those who knew him personally but also by everyone whose lives were positively impacted by his dedication to public service over two decades of involvement in local politics.
What was the cause of Maurice Prendergast death?
On the 26th of January, former Dunedin city councillor and Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board member Maurice Prendergast passed away at the age of 83. His cause of death was suspected to be linked to his age, however that is yet to be officially confirmed. Prendergast had a long career in politics and economics, serving two terms as a Dunedin City Councilor and a prominent role on the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board. He was respected by friends, family and colleagues alike for his dedication to public service. Although we may not know the full causes of his passing just yet, his memory lives on with everyone who knew him.
Maurice Prendergast Obituary
it is sad news that we lost Maurice Prendergast on January 26th 2021 due to natural causes at 83 years of age after almost two decades devoted public service , we are grateful for all he contributed during his time here with us . His legacy will remain alive through those who continue working hard towards making our region better place live . He will be deeply missed but fondly remembered .
Tributes Pour To Maurice Prendergast Death
Maurice, we had lots of laughs when I worked at the council on the second floor. Sad to read your passing.
Miss you always my special friend❤
A top man who worked hard 4 the Comminity.
Condolences 2 his Whanau.