Waitomo News : 27 February 2014
6 Waitomo NeWs Thursday, February 27, 2014 9 Wahanui Crescent, Otorohanga • 07 873 7089 • www.vetfocus.co.nz We offer an accurate service • Trained and experienced operators • All cows identified and numbers accounted for We work with speed and efficiency • Flexibility to offer optimal timing of your PD visit • Multiple vets available to suit any system We use advanced technology • Cowside data collection • Electronic upload to MINDA • Backpack scanners We go the extra mile • Analysis by trained incalf advisors • Interpretation of hard copy and electronic reports • Benchmark repro data with local herd averages Pregnancy testing An outstanding boarding school for your son See our boarding and school facilities and meet with the ‘hostel family’ 2014 boarding fees - $10,360 pa. Exceptional value To confirm your attendance (for catering purposes) please contact: Dawn Eaton (Headmaster’s / Hostel PA) ph: 06 757 6116 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Hostel open day Friday, March 21, 2 014 11.30am - 2 .30pm Providing growth opportunities in a family environment Enrolling now for 2015 and beyond. OBITUARY CHARLES VERNON (CHARLIE) OWEN QSM BORN February 10, 1926. DIED August 17, 2013 CHARLIE Owen was larger than life. Born at Maungaturoto Northland, the son of Ella a teacher and Thomas Owen an engineer, he inherited the natural gifts of one of his parents, but not the other. Charlie was lauded as a respected teacher and shaper of talent both in the classroom and on the sportsfield, but his do-it-yourself skills were prac- tically zero. It was said he couldn’t drive a nail straight, to which he replied: “I make people, not things.” A big man in many ways – he was a fraction under two metres tall – Charlie built an impres- sive record of service to others and was a tireless worker for the communities he lived in. He was a larger than life ‘shoulder-to-the-wheel’ person who never failed to put his hand up when volunteers were called for. Teaching, athletics, his community and family were his passions. Charlie grew up in One Tree Hill, Auckland and attended Te Papapa Primary School and Auckland Grammar. During World War ll he served with a Royal New Zealand Navy radar unit at Devonport. In 1946 he began a BA in anthropology and his- tory at the University of Auckland where he met his future wife Nan. They married in 1950. OTOROHANGA He taught at Onehunga’s Te Papapa Primary School and Awanui Primary in Kaitaia before the young couple moved south to the North King Country when Charlie got a job at Otorohanga District High School. He taught at Otorohanga College from 1954, ini- tially phys ed, then social studies and later became head of geography, retiring in 1987. He organised more than two dozen unforgettable trips for students to Fiji, Australia and Gore dur- ing his tenure. Charlie became firm friends with his students and continued to help and encourage them long after they passed through the school gates for the last time. He is described as a “man ahead of his time” by retired teacher (and his former boss at the college) Dawn Davidson. ATHLETICS A PASSION A keen sportsman, Charlie trained many young athletes helping them to attain their full poten- tial. TO P7 An impressive record HAPPY DAYS: Charlie and Nan Owen (above) the day they said “we do” 64 years ago, and (left), a cheerful and attentive pupil at Te Papapa Primary School.
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