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I recently attended our Funeral Directors Association of
New Zealand (FDANZ) Half Yearly meeting in Auckland. This has
traditionally been held in Wellington but is now being rotated
around our five district regions. At our meeting we had a number
of trade displays to look at which included the display of caskets,
drapery available and new styles of handles. A woollen casket was
also on display which is proving to be favoured by farmers and the
look of it certainly makes you want to run your hand along it and
feel the warmth. A tailor was available for making suits and in
particular addressing the need for females who struggle at times to
get a suit with the right length of skirt. Our business session
talked at length of the future of our Association as our Executive
Officer is retiring at the start of 2014 and a sub-committee has
been set up, which Graham is a member of, that is addressing how
the current structure could be improved. The highlight of the
meeting was our dinner at night when my fellow work colleague,
Dave Fraser, graduated and received his National Diploma in Funeral
Directing along with 15 other students. Dave's wife, Linda and I
certainly enjoyed seeing Dave receive his Diploma after all his hard
work over a 15 month period. - Heather Stephen
SOUTHERN Funeral Home, 106 Hokonui Drive, Gore, ph 2088004
PH 03 202 5717
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Attention: Waikaka Scouts are excited to celebrate 40 years of Scouting this year. They will include, from left, Ella McCall, Sophie Stark and Luci Butler with
scoutleader Neil Thompson.
Photo: ELYSIA TILBROOK
Waikaka marks milestone
40 years of Scouts and Cubs celebrated next month
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
Waikaka Scouts and Cubs will
hold a celebration to commemor-
ate 40 years this year.
The club, which has nine Cubs
and 13 Scouts, has come a long
Group leader Sally McIntyre said
a committee for Waikaka Scouts
was formed in July 1972 with Ian
Ballantyne as chairman and
Denise Sutherland as the sec-
retary and treasurer.
Warrants were approved for
group leader Syd Fyfe, Scout-
leader Bruce Harrington and
cubleader Jim Paterson.
On November 7, 1972 the group
started with six Cubs and seven
Scouts. In March 1973 an office
building was bought and was
moved onto the local domain and
used until 1988 when the old JE
Watson store became available
Alterations of various kinds were
made over nine years with new
windows, batts in the ceiling and
new wall lining, Mrs McIntyre
''This made a vast improvement
to the warmth of the den.''
The club had been fortunate to
share some of the costs with the
Waikaka Play Group.
In the late 70s the group caused
some consternation at Scouts
headquarters in Wellington by
taking girls into the Cubs pack,
which was not allowed.
Eventually it was agreed that this
could happen in remote groups.
In 1987 girls were officially
permitted to join the movement
and the Waikaka girls invested
into the Scout troop were some of
the first in New Zealand.
Bruce Harrington was the next
group leader, while Jim Paterson
kept the Cubs going until about
1985 when Paul Heaton took over
and Jim became group leader.
The 40-year celebration is on
Sunday, November 4 at the
Waikaka Sports Complex, starting
with a pot-luck lunch at 12.30pm,
followed by skits and cutting of
Gore District chief executive
Steve Parry has been appoin-
ted as an international
regional vice-president to
one of the largest local
government organisations in
Mr Parry started his three-
year term on the executive
board of the International
Association (ICMA) at its
He will rep-
is one of
vice presidents on ICMA's
21-member executive board.
The association is based in
the US and has 9000 members
from 26 countries and works
to develop excellence in local
Mr Parry said the role was a
chance to build worldwide
contacts and bring new ideas
to Gore. It proved that
despite its size, Gore could
still punch above its weight
on a world stage.
Mr Parry began his local
government career with the
Gore District Council in 1990.
He spent three years as
Mataura service centre man-
ager before moving to the
Waitomo District Council as
community facilities man-
ager. He joined the Depart-
ment of Corrections in 1997
as industries manager.
Mr Parry was elected Wai-
tomo District Mayor in 1998,
serving one term before
moving back to Gore in 2001
to become chief executive.
He has been a member of
ICMA since 2008 and served
as president of the New
Zealand Society of Govern-
ment Managers from 2007 to
The executive board meets
four times a year.
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