Waitomo News : NKC Farmer 16 January 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014 7 Universal Beef Packers Ltd buyers are ● Jay Beever, Stock Co-ordinator, Te Kuiti - 07 878 5160 or 021 798 097 ● Owen Watson, Buyer, Otorohanga - 07 873 6222 or 027 4874570 ● Kevin Donovan, Buyer, Te Awamutu - 07 871 9366 or 0272 467 457 ● Nigel McClure, Buyer, Waikato - 021 860 101 Farmers send your cattle to UBP and win! Every month we have 4 prize draws every 3 head qualifies for 1 entry into the draw. Winners receive $300 worth of MTA fuel vouchers (conditions apply) November 2013 winners CONGRATULATIONS Dillon Farms Ltd-Mangakino Mullerwhero Farming Ltd-Otorohanga Karl Family Farms Ltd-Te Kuiti W & C Bolton-New Plymouth December 2013 winners CONGRATULATIONS AW & YM Wainwright-Otorohanga Drumpeel Farms Ltd-Otane Kaimore Farms Ltd-Morrinsville Waterfields Family Trust-Te Kuiti LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED M: 021 951 581 For All Your Concrete Needs Michael Watson Michael Watson CONTRACTING Suppliers of BIG ENOUGH TO DO THE JOB...small enough to care Ready mix concrete Box and lay service Feed pads Feed troughs Panels for palm kernal bins Silage pits Interlocking waste blocks All your other concrete needs Locally owned and operated 64 Otewa Road, Otorohanga Phone 07 873 8510 Mobile 021 951 581 FROM P6 He was hailed as a man who saw the big picture and excelled at moti- vating others to do their best. A hard boss . . . but one with a good heart. THIRD SON Eric was sports mad with a lifelong passion for rugby. The third son of Kaitaia dairy farm- ers Linda and Frank Braithwaite, and brother to Rolly and Jack, he captained a team called the Kaitaia Greyhounds in his teens. His coach was a greyhound-mad publican who made the boys exercise his dogs as part of their training sessions. They became superbly fit, won the Mangonui rugby champs in 1946-47 and were invited to Auckland to play a curtain-raiser for an All Blacks test match. It was an honour the country boy never forgot. Although he was too small to go any further in the sport, Eric proved a good first five, quick to see the play with a safe pass and plenty of speed. His widow Heather (83) describes him as a born leader with a gift for getting people involved – a “hunt and drive” man who got people going and kept them up to the mark. He was always a high achiever who led by example,” she says. Eric went to Takahue Primary School and Kaitaia District College and was good at cricket and baseball as well as rugby. Eric was sent to boarding school at Mt Albert Grammar in Auckland where he excelled in the classroom and at sport. He learned to box, which was use- ful as he was on the small side, was a competitive cross country runner and coxed the school’s rowing team. After leaving school he learned the basics of the stock company business with North Auckland Farmers then spent several years with bus company NZ Railways Road Services. He was sent to the West Coast of the South Island, then to Opotiki where he met Heather, a farmer’s daughter who worked in the NZ Loan and Mercantile office. Her first impression was of a pleas- ant, charming and persuasive man. “He was also new blood in Opotiki and us dollies in the office paid him attention,” she says. “He was very popular and joined every sports team going and quickly became an essential part of every- thing. “I wasn’t a sporting type, but I was mad on horses, and when we met something clicked. “He discovered Mum was a good cook and was keen to get his feet under her kitchen table. Her Sunday roast was like a magnet to him.” Then Road Services sent him to Dargaville. TO P8 COOL HEAD: Charming and persuasive . . . Eric Braithwaite’s gift of the gab and strong people skills made him an awe - some auctioneer.
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