Hugh Price, who died on 28 December 2009, is best known and recognised for his contributions to writing, publishing and education over more than fifty years. For these accomplishments Hugh received the NZ Order of Merit and a D.Litt (honoris causa) from Victoria University.
That was the public face of this unassuming and quietly spoken man. What is less well-known is his lifelong commitment to human rights and civil liberties. He played active roles in campaigns against the death penalty, as well as in promotion of the rights of women, gays, the elderly, and other minority groups, both in New Zealand and internationally. He abhorred secrecy in all its forms, whether it related to selective reporting by the press or the workings of government. His clear and unequivocal principles were expressed through every facet of his life.