Decorated soldier and pilot Steve Askin People’s Choice New Zealander of Year

30 Dec


Decorated ex-SAS soldier and helicopter pilot Steve Askin died fighting February’s devastating Port Hills fire from the air.


The 38-year-old father of two had been drafted in to combat the blaze that threatened hillside homes. At the height of the fire, the experienced pilot was heading to a pond to refill his monsoon bucket when its cable struck the tail rotor causing the helicopter to crash.

Today, his widow Elizabeth Askin speaks for the time first and pays tribute to the man Kiwis voted the Herald’s New Zealander of the Year People’s Choice winner.

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