Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sons of the Soil

Ohakune Mini-launch and presentation 3 pm Wednesday 3 October 2012 There was a real ‘buzz’ at Ohakune’s mini-launch held at the Ruapehu District Council Chambers. The launch was organised by Kerry Young and attracted an audience of 50 -60 including children. Those present included all the families of current growers, the Sue’s, Young’s and Murray’s. A good number of photos of growers of Ohakune were on view as well as some photos of the goldmining era. Don Cameron Deputy Mayor welcomed everyone and talked about the Chinese market gardeners’ important contribution to Ohakune from early years to the present day. Merrilyn George author of a ‘History of Ohakune’ gave a mihi and acknowledged us. Awi acknowledged May Young as the ‘matriach’ and outstanding woman grower and sang a waiata ‘He Putiputi’. Kim Young grandson spoke about his continuing the 4th generation of family gardening. Others also spoke –a senior couple talked about the years they showed Chinese movies. Lily gave a short talk and Norman Young Director of Kim Young and Sons was invited to present the books. Presentations were made to Ruapehu Council, Ohakune Library, Ruapehu College, Bernice Frost, Waimarino Museum and Information Centre, Alison Hope, Ohakune Information Centre

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