Former coroner leaves bequest for Law School

02 September 2012

Mr Frankovich
Mate Frankovich

A generous bequest to the Faculty of Law by former Coroner, Mate Frankovich, has assisted two students travel and study at two top overseas institutions- one at the University of Oslo in Sweden and the other at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London.

Mr Frankovich, who passed away last year, left $5000 to the Law School as well as to The University of Auckland’s departments of Mathematics and Physics.

A lawyer and Auckland District Coroner, the father of three was well known and respected as a coroner in the 1980s and 1990s. In that time, he presided over hundreds of inquests, many of them high-profile:

  • He persuaded the Auckland City Council to put up anti-suicide canopies on Grafton Bridge;
  • Mate Frankovich presided over the case of Ngaire O'Neill, NZ's first person to die after taking Ecstasy;
  • After paranoid schizophrenic Lachlan Jones killed his flatmate Malcolm Beggs, Mr Frankovich called for a relaxation of privacy laws so anyone in danger could be told about the condition of someone close to them;
  • He criticised Tranz Rail over safety after Katie Connolly, 16, was killed at Glen Innes station in 1997.