We acknowledge today the sad news of the passing of Sir Murray Halberg. Sir Murray's outstanding athletics career was highlighted by his winning the gold medal in the 5,000 metres at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960. Following his retirement from running, Sir Murray founded the Halberg Foundation – an organisation which supports physically disabled young people to participate in sport. In the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours, Sir Murray was appointed to the Order of New Zealand – New Zealand's highest honour. We extend our condolences to Sir Murray's family and friends, and all who knew this extraordinary New Zealander.