The father of top Kiwi songwriter and musician Don McGlashan - and the inspiration for his song Envy of Angels - has died.
Bain McGlashan died, aged 89, at North Shore Hospital on Thursday.
His son tributed him as a man who loved to "decode the world" as he explained the meaning behind Envy of Angels last year.
"As a civil engineer, and a teacher of engineering, he loved to decode the world. I always remember standing on a beach with him, he would pick up a rock and it wasn't just a rock to him, it was evidence of enormous forces years ago and great heat.
"He had the ability to see the meaning that underlies everything."