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HERO HONOURED: Family members of the late Les Munro – Gail (left), Greg and William Munro, Jake Stanton, Christine
Ross, Paul Stanton and Maree Munro unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of their father and grandfather in Te Kuiti
on Saturday. PHOTO SUPPLIED
WAITOMO District Council’s finishing touch to
Les Munro’s timeless tribute was held in Te Kuiti
Following Mr Munro’s death on August 4,
countless tributes flowed from around the world
for Waitomo’s long-standing mayor and decorated
To honour the 96-year-old’s contribution to the
local community, the council hosted a public me-
morial service at the Waitomo Cultural and Arts
Centre in Te Kuiti on August 14.
A week later, the King St East civic centre was
officially renamed the Les Munro Centre.
Mayor Brian Hanna said at the time that it
is a fitting tribute to Mr Munro, who despite his
service as a Royal Air Force Squadron leader and
a Dambuster during World War II, said that es-
tablishing the civic centre in 1980, was one of his
Changing the name on the outside of the centre
was completed in December and the final touch,
an unveiling of a commemorative plaque, was held
inside the same building on Saturday.
More than 50 people attended the memorial
event including Mr Hanna and several members of
the Munro family who unveiled the plaque which
will be placed in the foyer.
It reads: In recognition of John Leslie Munro
CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP for his outstanding
contribution to the Waitomo District Community.
Waitomo District Council customer service
group manager Helen Beever says a number of
past and present councillors and local residents
“On Saturday, WDC hosted a lovely after-
noon event to unveil a plaque for the Les Munro
Centre – in memory of Mr Munro and the contribu-
tion he made to the community during his time as
mayor,” she says.
Mrs Beever says Mr Hanna opened proceedings
by acknowledging Mr Munro and his contribution
to the Waitomo district.
This was followed by several stories by those
attending including former WDC councillor and
close friend Bruce Williams, who spoke of his time
serving with Mr Munro and on behalf of past coun-
cillors, and of the many initiatives undertaken by
the council of that time.
After the unveiling, Mr Munro’s son Greg spoke
on behalf of the family and about their fond memo-
ries of “Les”.
“The fitting ceremony was followed by an af-
ternoon tea and a good chat about days gone by,”
says Mrs Beever.
“The family then enjoyed looking around the Les
Munro Centre and the various improvements that
have been made as part of the ongoing renewal
Final tribute for Les
NORTH King Country residents
were again very generous in their
support of the annual Returned &
Services Associations’ Poppy Day
appeal on Friday.
Otorohanga resident Nina Mark,
who has volunteered to collect do-
nations for many years, says “it’s a
nice way of giving something back
to the people who gave so much for
Fellow volunteer Bev Corboy
says while the town wasn’t busy
earlier in the day, people were very
kind and she was hopeful the vol-
unteers would raise a good amount
for the Returned & Services Asso-
ciations’ support services to local
war veterans and the ex-service
Thelma Rapley of Maihiihi says
she always donates to Poppy Day
and wears her poppy with pride
because four of her uncles fought
in World War II (1939-45).
HONOURED: Veteran Poppy Day volunteer Nina Mark of Otorohanga pins a poppy
on Thelma Rapley of Maihiihi on Friday.
Helping our RSAs
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