Among those who attended the fundraiser for the ill former
MP at the James Cabaret were MPs from Labour, the Greens, Mana, the Maori Party
and New Zealand First, and longtime friends from all walks of life.
Stories ranged from the raunchy from Beyerâs time as a working girl, to heartfelt tales of how she had made imprints on many lives.
Helen Clark sent a message from New York, describing her as a courageous person who broke through all the glass ceilings that existed.
Former Labour MP Tim Barnett said he and fellow gay MP Chris Carter were a âdrab act compared to what happened when Georgina entered Parliament.â
Friend and former colleague Tariana Turia paid the most touching tribute, recalling how Beyer stood by her when she left Labour during the foreshore and seabed ruction, something which meant a great deal to Turia and her family.
âGeorgina is a special person,â she said. âI wish I was 30 years younger so I could give you a kidney,â she added, before expressing the hope that somebody else will.
Beyer said it was an amazing event. âI am very humbled by all of you who have come here tonight to share your respects. Sometimes you donât feel that itâs been worth it at all, but this night has just capped all of that. I feel loved and I feel wanted and needed and honoured by all of you being here.â
It was also Beyerâs birthday tonight and she summed up her feelings looking back on her 56 years with the statement: âIt has been a fabulous life really. And if it didnât have all the colour, the light and the grey, then it wouldnât really be a life at all would it?â
As for her kidney failure, Beyer says she doesnât see it as insurmountable. âI prefer to look on the positive, otherwise itâs going to get you down of you donât and send you off out of here more quickly than otherwise.â
She said she realises there are others who are more needy, and she is not looking for any kind of âshortcut to decent healthâ.
[Editor's note: GayNZ.com Daily News is unable to present any photographic images from the Tribute night as we were advised just hours before it got underway we and other media were excluded from having cameras present due to an arrangement negotiated with the organisers by a womens magazine. We lobbied hard and passionately to be able to take even a few photos to no avail. We apologise to our readers for this omission from our coverage.
We also had earlier confirmation that we would be able to speak with Brian Tamaki regarding the Tamaki's presence at the event and on the subject of their attitudes to gay people and our lives but this access was also prevented on the night.]