Wally Pollock reserve unveiled


Former Tamahere ward councillor Wally Pollock’s dedication to Tamahere was marked recently when a reserve was named in his memory.

Val Pollock and Mayor Allan Sanson unveil the dedication to former Tamahere Councillor Wally Pollock
Val Pollock and Mayor Allan Sanson unveil the dedication to former Tamahere Councillor Wally Pollock

The Wally Pollock Reserve is in Titoki Drive and borders the historic Potuwha Pa, a site of great significance to Ngati Haua and one of the best preserved pa in the Waikato.

Val Pollock, Wally’s wife, and Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson unveiled a sign recognising the former councillor’s 15-year contribution to Tamahere and the Waikato district.

Wilson Pollock said his father, who was on the council from 1992 and 2007, wanted the site to be protected and shared with the local community and set about convincing the local estate owners of the importance of preserving it for future generations. The council has since built a walkway leading to the stream at the base of the Pa site.

“Dad would be thrilled and proud to look down on what ‘his people’ have done in his memory,” Wilson Pollock said. “Dad was all about people. He made a lifelong commitment to every part of the local community.”

Wally Pollock was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 2005 and the naming of the reserve in his honour was another recognition of his service to the community, including his effort in negotiating the preservation of the Potuwha Pa site.

Pollock, who was passionate about rugby, was a life member of the Matangi-Hillcrest Rugby Football Club and Waikato Rugby Union. Horses, especially thoroughbreds, also held a special piece in his heart and he was an active member of the Cambridge Jockey Club for 27 years.

He farmed at Eureka for 45 years and received a lifetime achievement award from the dairy section of Federated Farmers. Pollock was also a dedicated Rotarian and received a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honour, in 1989.

Mayor Sanson said he felt Pollock would have been wondering what all the fuss was about. “Today is a testament to the man he was,” he said.

Current Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes said the reserve was “a special project for a special man”.

The unveiling ceremony was witnessed by many of Pollock’s family, friends, fellow councillors, iwi and community members.

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