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A farewell gift to treasure
School connection: Sir Michael
Fowler painted two watercolour
pictures of Nga Tawa School, one of
which is being gifted to departing
deputy principal Tony Booker.
Photo: ZARYD WILSON
By ZARYD WILSON
I feel quite humbled really, to have him
share his gifts and talents with us.
Former Wellington mayor and
architect Sir Michael Fowler
stopped by Nga Tawa School
on Monday to deliver a gift to a
school he has a strong connection
Sir Michael delivered a painting
of the school's chapel which the
students have bought as a gift for
departing deputy principal Tony
The original watercolour was one
of two works painted in February
when he was passing through
Rangitikei. When Sir Michael
returned to Wellington he wrote to
the school to offer the paintings and
prints at the discounted rate to be
used as a fundraiser.
Nga Tawa principal Carmel Spen-
cer said the girls were looking for
ideas for a present for Mr Booker
when this came up.
It was just something that came
completely out of the blue,'' she said.
It's the sort of thing that people
like to have as a memento.''
Mrs Spencer said it was great to
have someone of Sir Michael's stat-
ure associated with the school.
I feel quite humbled really, to
have him share his gifts and talents
with us and that's what we try to
teach to our girls.''
Sir Michael, who was born in
Manchester Street School in Feild-
ing, had several family members
attend Nga Tawa over the past cen-
My family have been associated
with the school for a long time,'' he
said. His mother, sister, wife,
daughter and nieces are all former
Nga Tawa students.''
The painting was to be presented
to Mr Booker on Tuesday.
Patrol keeps an eye on crime at night
Patrol man: Graham Polglase is
heading a new mobile community
patrol in Marton. Photo: ZARYD WILSON
By ZARYD WILSON
Marton will soon have an extra pair
of eyes looking out for them.
A mobile group of volunteers will
soon be patrolling the streets of
Marton in the evenings and at night
to report suspicious activity to the
Co-ordinator Graham Polglase
said he hoped it would act as a
deterrent to criminal activity in the
If you were a burglar you
wouldn't want people sitting in a car
Mr Polglase said the idea was put
forward by the Marton police and
the group was keen to recruit new
It would involve travelling
around Marton at a particular time,
usually closing times or about 9pm
to 1am,'' he said.
If you see something suspicious
going on we don't get involved we
just phone police, we leave what-
ever's happening to them.''
The team would work in pairs and
would never have to put themselves
Mr Polglase said the group cur-
rently had three members with four
more likely to join.
The more people we have the less
obligation there is to be on duty.''
Mr Polglase said the group was on
the lookout for funding the ongoing
costs of the patrol, primarily petrol.
If there is any possibility of
funding we are always in the mar-
My Polglase, who has recently
moved to the region from Golden
Bay, said he hoped the group would
have a social aspect and be a way to
Sergeant Peter Wood of the
Marton police said the group would
be a useful extra set of eyes and
ears. Any time a person contacts us
with information, it helps us.''
The police are currently vetting
prospective members and the patrol
will be in action shortly.
Anyone interested in joining the
patrol can contact Graham Polglase
on 06 327 5502
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