Hauraki Herald : April 17th 2014
COVERING THAMES, PAEROA, COROMANDEL PENINSULA, HAURAKI PLAINS, WAIHI AND SEABIRD COAST PHONE 07 868 8850 www.haurakiherald.co.nz BLAST FROM THE PAST War machines in Waihi 2 MAGNIFICENT MACCAS Paeroa store best in NZ 10 Elijah meets Kate Duchess gives her attention By JILL CLEAVE There was great excitement in the Barrett household when they found out they were going to meet the Duchess of Cambridge on her visit to Rainbow Place, Hamilton on Saturday. Josh and Toni Barrett’s son Elijah goes to Goldfields School in Paeroa. He has very complex health needs and attends Rainbow Place children’s hospice for specialist respite care. Toni said when they found out the whole family could attend the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit they were over the moon. The children’s hospice visit was the duchess’s first solo engagement in New Zealand. ‘‘We, as a family spend a lot of time at Rainbow Place, it’s a great place where we can relax as a family and know Elijah is well cared for,’’ she said. Josh, Toni and daughters Aaliya, 15, and Te Ana, 11, along with Elijah, waited patiently for the duchess to arrive. Toni said she came into the GENUINE INTEREST: The Duchess of Cambridge meets Goldfields School student Elijah Barrett and his parents Josh and Toni on her visit to Rainbow Place in Hamilton. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ room and there were so many people they moved to the back and sat down. ‘‘She spotted us after a while and came across. She immediately bent down and greeted Elijah and held his hand throughout her visit with us.’’ She said the duchess was a very genuine and lovely lady who showed a real interest in Elijah and the family. ‘‘At one stage one of her ‘minders’ whispered to her it was time to go and she completely ignored him. It made us feel very, very special. We will all remember our five minutes with her forever,’’ she said. Goldfields principal Gary Quarless said the duchess was a beautiful person in the whole sense of the word. ‘‘She shows a genuine inter- est when interacting with people and she is especially interested in children, and to see her move so gracefully and interact with our students with disabilities was wonderful,’’ he said. WORTHTHE WAIT: ThameswomanRuth Davidson hands a rose to the Duchess of Cambridge in Cambridge last weekend. Once in a lifetime royalist moment By KELSEY WILKIE It was an early start for Thames woman Ruth Davidson on Saturday. Ruth and her daughter Kirsten Davidson were on the road to Cambridge at 4am to make sure they had a prime spot to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. They arrived at 6.30am and waited for seven hours for the royal couple to arrive. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Cambridge for the day as part of their New Zealand tour. They had lunch inside the Town Hall for about 20 minutes, before emerging and walking to the Cenotaph commemorating the town’s World War I fallen. An estimated 15,000 royal watchers gathered around the square, flags waving. Kirsten had done her research and knew the prime spot to meet the royals was in front of the statues. Forward planning worked because after lunch the Duchess of Cambridge strode directly over to where Ruth and Kirsten were standing. ‘‘This was a once in a lifetime experience,’’ said Ruth. ‘‘I’ve been a royalist all my life, I love the royals.’’ HAURAKI HERALD is now at 102 SEALEY ST, BOWEN HOUSE, THAMES 5585959AC JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Go to facebook.com/ HaurakiHerald THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 and get up to $1,500 worth of Hitachi products FREE!* Buy any fully constructed Versatile garage 0800 VERSATILE (080083 7728) www.versatile.co.nz Main Road, Kopu, Thames *Terms & conditions apply. ULTIMATE MOTOR GROUP Pollen & Richmond Streets | Thames | 07 868 6439 |www.umg.co.nz After Hours | Brett Davies 07 868 6232 or 0272 906 662 Barry Paynter 07 868 8179 or 0272 906 669 5996472AA Hurry May only!
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