By Argyro Vourdoumpa
Greek man of Cretan origin and founding member of the Cretan Association of New Zealand, Christos Tzanoudakis, is one of the two latest victims of the COVID-19 in New Zealand, bringing the total death toll to four.
According to a statement from the New Zealand Ministry of Health, both victims were elderly, had underlying health conditions, and could be linked to existing clusters.
The Honorary Consulate of Greece in New Zealand expressed their condolences for the loss of the member of the Greek Community of Wellington, with a message on Facebook:
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I would like to confirm that the 3rd victim of the coronavirus in New Zealand is a member of the Greek Community here in Wellington and it is Mr. Christos Tzanoudakis.
Mr. Tzanoudakis has been a resident of Wellington for over 50 years. He was a founding member of the Cretan Association of New Zealand and a valuable member of the Greek Community. He passed away peacefully at the Wellington Hospital at 5.30 pm yesterday afternoon. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with his children Vasiliki and Emmanouel, their spouses, and his grandchild.
May he Rest in Peace”
Members of the Greek Community of Wellington describe Tzanoudakis as a vibrant, respected member who was always smiling.