A Kiwi author in her early 30s has died while on her honeymoon in Vanuatu.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that Auckland woman Joy Ramirez had died, and that consular assistance was being given to her family.
Ramirez had a background in singing and public relations in Auckland, Wellington, and Australia. She described herself as an “up-and-coming children’s writer” on her website.
Her first book, titled Toot – the world’s tiniest whale, was published in 2015.
Ramirez said she wrote it to empower children.
“I had a dream where I wanted to create a series of stories that would help to teach kids positive attitudes and social skills,” she said at its launch at Wymondley Road Primary School, Otara, two years ago.
“I think if you give kids those skills it empowers them to grow into themselves and be the best they can be.”
Joy Ramirez married her husband Matt in March. Photo / Instagram
She also has a background as a singer and songwriter and was working on developing a sequel to her first children’s book, Toot – The World’s Tiniest Whale, which was published in 2015.
Newstalk ZB host Tim Roxborogh remembered the first day he met Ramirez in their communications class at the Auckland University of Technology.
“I was amazed at how beautiful this person called Joy was. If ever somebody embodied the name their parents chose for them it was her. She was so positive, so full of possibilities, so full of joy.”
Roxborogh said over the 17 years since they were students together they maintained a friendship and caught up a few times a year.
“If she wanted to organise bands and music tours, that’s what she did. If she wanted to work in TV, that’s what she did. If she wanted to be a published children’s author, that’s what she did.”
He said over the years she made goals – and achieved them.
A ministry spokesperson said further information about Ramirez’ death was currently unable to be provided due to privacy considerations.