Jack Foster Reserve thrills

Dec 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events
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The family of Matangi identity Jack Foster are thrilled the late veterinarian’s 45-year contribution to the community has been recognised in a reserve named for him.

Jack Foster's wife, Eileen, (right) and daughter Sue Tanner at the unveiling of the Jack Foster Reserve sign in Matangi

Jack Foster’s wife, Eileen, (right) and daughter Sue Tanner at the unveiling of the Jack Foster Reserve sign in Matangi


Foster’s wife Eileen, daughter Sue Tanner and other family members took part in a moving official opening of the Jack Foster Reserve recently.

Heavy rain didn’t dampen the occasion and eased long enough for speakers to pay their tributes and those gathered to enjoy lunch.

The kindness of the weather “must be a good open for this attractive space,” said local Kitty Burton after the event on November 28.

Graham Membery, chair of the Matangi Community Committee, welcomed everyone and described how cooperation between the community, the landowner, and the Waikato District Council (WDC) had resulted in the formation of the reserve, alongside Matangi School.

He especially acknowledged WDC chief executive Gavin Ion for securing the agreement, and St David’s church for including the land in its ownership.

WDC councillor Rob McGuire thanked Membery for his work in the reserve formation process and congratulated the community on naming the reserve after a local identity.

To much laughter, John Harnden-Taylor spoke about Jack Foster’s years of community involvement, his unique character and the many stories that are told when his name comes up. Over lunch many more stories were shared.

After Eileen Foster and Sue Tanner were presented with bouquets Tanner replied on behalf of the family saying how thrilled they were that their husband and father was being recognised by the reserve naming. She also thanked her mother for her role.

The rain stepped up a notch as the gazebo, which had sheltered the speakers, was “walked” to where Eileen unveiled the sign commemorating her husband.

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Matangi Village sign

The new Matangi information sign, with the Matangi dairy factor behind

The new Matangi information sign, with the Matangi dairy factor behind

Meanwhile, another sign has gone up in Matangi, replacing an outdated one, to provide information on the Matangi village and area, including historical background about the Matangi dairy factory, which dates from 1885, and local iwi

The sign includes QR codes to Waikato District Council interactive maps, a history of the Matangi dairy factory on the WDC site, Matangi School and the Tamahere Forum directory.

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