Gift from the past
Members of the Pukekohe Historical Society were in for a treat last Tuesday 7 February, when American Edwina Simpson came to town.
Edwina is the daughter of Colonel Jere Moore, who had been stationed in Pukekohe during the second World War. 
She found letters and the diary of her father which documented his time in New Zealand. 
Starting with email correspondence, Edwina's friend and ex-pat Robin Fellers got in touch with the Pukekohe Historical Society and set up a time to meet during their trip to Pukekohe. 
The historical society took Edwina and Robin to the places Edwina's father had stayed, from the Pukekohe Racecourse, to Wesley College, Patumahoe and Karaka, where the troops had camped. 
"We respect your Kiwi hospitality," Edwina says. "It was an amazing thing for you to do, to accept these foreign soldiers and bring them into your homes. You should be very proud.
"It's a huge part of your heritage. It's unique. It meant a lot to my father and his men, and coming here has been a realisation of my lifelong dream," she says. 
Edwina gifted the Pukekohe Historical Society with several letters and her father's diary which documented his time in New Zealand, nearly 75 years ago. 
Do you have tales of stories past? Let us know. Email yana@thepost.nz 
Caption: The Pukekohe Historical Society with Edwina Simpson (centre in red), Errol Short and Robin Fellers.