In Remembrance of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam

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The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam, who passed away peacefully at his home in Auckland on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at the age of 81. Dr Rasalingam was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He moved from Sri Lanka to New Zealand with his wife in 1970. He then set up his General Practice clinic in the centre of Glen Innes, which provided free care to groups of former refugees.

Beyond his medical profession, Dr Rasalingam was widely respected and known for his community and social work. For his tireless work helping former refugees and immigrants’ settle in New Zealand, Dr Rasalingham was awarded the Queens Service Medal in 1990, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000, Auckland Mayor’s “Living Legend” award in 2005, and Kiwi Bank Local Hero’s Medal in 2010.

A humble, kind-hearted and instrumental community leader, Dr Rasalingam had been involved in various ethnic organisations, and made a tremendous contribution to New Zealand. His humanity, vision and leadership in making New Zealand a great place for people from all walks of life will be cherished.