School farewells librarian

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Tamahere School has farewelled longtime librarian Trish Houchen.

“Trish has been our school librarian for 22 years, working quietly in the background, supporting our staff and students,” said Principal Waveney Parker in an online tribute.

“Over the years Trish has worked hard to create a wonderful library for us all to enjoy, developing a vibrant and exciting place to learn and enjoy reading and books. Trish’s dedication and efficiency has helped to achieve one of the best school libraries in the area with over 7000 quality books in our collection.”

Parker said that in Houchen’s more than two decades at Tamahere she had helped thousands of children get hooked on reading.

She was always ready to support new interests and try new avenues to inspire reluctant readers.

“We will miss Trish hugely. She has also kept our teaching resources well managed and accessible to all. Luckily as an involved member of our community we know you won’t be too far away.

“We wish you all the best, Trish, as you gain a bit more time to spend with your grandchild and family.”

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