Teacher Wendy Slade touched the lives of generations of Rotorua children.

From her unwavering faith in the children who needed it most to never forgetting a single person's birthday.

These small but special traits, among others, raised her as one of Rotorua's most loved and respected educators.

Devastatingly, the long-serving Selwyn School teacher lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday morning.


Tributes have been flowing in since her death, describing her as "beautiful soul" who made a huge difference in the lives of her pupils and made an unforgettable fudge.

"She gave her whole life to those kids," her