Friends and fellow activists remember Penny Bright as ‘fighter for justice’.

St Matthew-in-the-City was turned into the "pop-up revolutionary headquarters" for the funeral of activist Penny Bright, who was remembered as many things by many people today.

She was a selfless, headstrong champion for good over evil and right over wrong, said Verity George, who once wrote a play about Bright and directed the service.

"Penny will be acknowledged as one of the most wonderfully strong women in New Zealand history," said one of many women who spoke during the two-and-a-half celebration of her life.

The Anglican Church, the spiritual home of the socially marginalised in Auckland, was filled with her activist friends, people who got arrested alongside her, victims of National and Labour Governments' housing policies in Glen Innes, and many Maori and Pasifika people. Tame Iti and Hone Harawira were there to say goodbye.

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