A page from Nelson Mandela's condolence book at St Paul's
Cathedral yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
''Thank you,'' most of the messages simply read. Tributes
flowed in Dunedin yesterday for a man who changed the world.
Dozens of heartfelt messages were left in a condolence book
within hours of it being placed in St Paul's Cathedral
yesterday morning, following the death of South African
statesman Nelson Mandela on Thursday.
The tributes were written in many different languages,
reflecting the international appeal of the Nobel Peace Prize
''RIP Madiba,'' a message read, referring to the statesman's
popular South African nickname.
''An inspiration to us all,'' another entry read.
''The world needs men like you,'' another said.
The condolence book was an opportunity for Dunedin people to
pay their respects to a man who made the world a better
place, the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Very Rev Dr
Trevor James, said yesterday.
''We will not see a man like him again in our lifetime and it
is important to do something to give people the opportunity
to acknowledge him,'' Dr James said.
''If we failed to acknowledge him, we would have failed to
learn from a man who has benefited us all. He changed the
world and, in doing so, he helped to change us all,'' Dr
The condolence book will be at the cathedral until Sunday,
when it will be sent to the South African High Commission.
''We would like to encourage everyone to come along and sign
it,'' Dr James said.
A civic memorial service for Mr Mandela will be held in St
Paul's Cathedral at midday next Sunday.
Prime Minister John Key will lead a ''distinguished
delegation'' to South Africa for Mr Mandela's memorial
service this week.
Mr Key would be accompanied by Maori Affairs Minister Pita
Sharples, leader of the Opposition David Cunliffe, former
prime minister Jim Bolger, and former foreign minister and
secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Sir Don McKinnon.