Metro Magazine founder Warwick Roger dies aged 72

A crusading New Zealand journalist behind some of this country's most recognisable magazines has died.

Warwick Roger had been battling Parkinson's Disease for more than a decade.

He founded Metro Magazine in 1981, edited North and South and was honoured for services to journalism in 2008.

Mr Roger's greatest passion was in-depth feature writing, but many suspect he was also anonymous columnist "Felicity Ferret", who injected scandal into the magazine scene with salacious gossip about New Zealand socialites in the 1980s.

He was 72 years old.