We take a moment to remember some of the stalwarts of our local community that have passed away this year.
1.Don Glasgow ~ Passed away January 6 2017, aged 86. He helped lay the Franklin Trotting Club racetrack and later became a life member and patron.
2.Tokoroa (Toko) Te Waru Hikaka Pompey ~ passed away 9 February 2017. Toko, from Ngati Tamaoho was a performer, saxophonist, singer and songwriter.
3.Kelvin Littin ~ Passed away peacefully on 11 February 2017 aged 68. The stalwart of the Pukekohe Rugby Club, he had played more than 100 games for Pukekohe and was a life member.
4.John Nicholson ~ Passed away 13 February 2017. Another stalwart in the rugby community, particularly for the Onewhero club. More than 800 people attended his service at the Pukekohe Indian Hall.
5.James ‘Jimmy Sparks’ Narayan ~ Passed away 13 May 2017, Jimmy was playing a game for the Tuakau Old Boys Football team when he collapsed from a heart attack. The community rallied together and a memorial football game is now played in his honour.
6.John Robinson ~ The Waiuku College teacher and volunteer fire brigade member passed away suddenly on 16 June 2017, while exercising. He was an inspiration to his students, and was ‘one of the good ones’.
7.Kahurangi Nganeko Minhinnick ~ Dame Nganeko, Ngati Te Ata i Rehia leader passed away aged 77. She is recognised for her work to land, environment and Maori rights, and was one of the founding voices of the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous people.
8.Mike Valley ~ Mike Valley, a member of Waiuku Rotary for 27 years was farewelled on Saturday 29 July. He was president and treasurer and was involved in a number of other charitable organisations.
9.Euan Lawrie ~ 23 August 2017. A solicitor in Waiuku, passed away suddenly. Euan lived at Clarks Beach.
10.Sean Joyce ~ A Wahine Survivor, a stalwart of the community and an advocate for The Post, passed away on the evening of Tuesday 15 August 2017. Sean was one of a kind. He was always ready to assist The Post in finding story opportunities, even if it meant using his connections to try track down Bundee Aki in Ireland.