I have always lived and farmed in the Geraldine Area. I am a
past Chairman of the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Club and
am a member of the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club. As my
Grandfather was in the First World War, I am very proud to be able
to bring a commemoration of this nature to Geraldine.
I am a local Geraldine resident and businessman and have an
active interest in community development, support &
sponsorship. Currently I am a director and trustee of several
companies and chairman of the Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery
Club and a member of two other motoring enthusiast clubs. My
Great-Grandfather served in the First World War from 1914-1918 and
my grandfather in World War II & I currently have a cousin
serving in the NZ Airforce. My hope is that by bringing a
commemoration of this caliber to Geraldine we will be able to
involve the entire community in a positive experience beneficial to
all who attend.
I was born, bred and educated in Geraldine and have enjoyed a
variety of jobs over the course of my career spanning retail, local
authority and private enterprise. My wife Trish and I raised
2 children who as adults have spread their wings to pursue their
passions in life.
I am involved in a variety of local organisations, including the
South Canterbury Vintage Car Club, the Geraldine Historical Society
and am a life member of Geraldine St Johns Ambulance. My father
served in WWll and my immediate family has strong connections with
the RSA in the South Canterbury region.
I feel that the event run by the Anzac Trust is a very good
educational tool for younger members of the community to learn
while also allowing the elder members to remember and reminisce the
times of past wars.
I moved to Geraldine nearly 8 years ago with my husband and two
children and we feel very lucky to live in such a great town.
I have been involved with several community groups and am the
coordinator for Go Geraldine in addition to the role for Anzac in
I look forward to helping to develop and grow this amazing
family event that is both fun and educational and is run by our
community for the enjoyment of our community!
I moved to Geraldine in 2002 to become the principal of
Geraldine High School. When I retired at the end of 2009, Jo
and I decided to stay in Geraldine because we love the community
and have put our roots down here. Currently I am
semi-retired, working two days per week as the Manager of Geraldine
Resource Centre. I am also currently elected as Geraldine's
councillor on the Timaru District Council. These roles, and
other voluntary positions that I take on (such as Treasurer for
this Trust), collectively involve me in a diverse range of
Geraldine community groups and activities, which I thoroughly
enjoy. I am delighted to support the Geraldine Anzac
Commemorations Trust because their event helps greatly to keep a
significant part of our community's history and culture alive,
relevant and meaningful to all generations. "We will remember