Newspaper Article 1977 – Heavy platter for Sir Denis

Heavy platter for Sir Denis

A heavy stoneware platter, specially created by Hastings potter, Mr Bruce Martin, was yesterday presented to the Governor-General, Sir Denis Blundell, as a gift to mark the opening of the new Hastings civic administration building.

It was presented by Mr J. J. O’Connor, Mayor of Hastings, who said it would remind Sir Denis and Lady Blundell, who was unable to attend the opening, of “a day spent among friends in Hastings.”

Sir Denis received the gift during a luncheon in the new building.

Accepting the gift, the Governor-General said he regretted that his wife could not attend the function because he was sure she could help him decide an appropriate use for the large platter.

He described himself as “rather silly in these things” and in a lighthearted reference to the weight of the stone platter, wondered if the pilot of the aircraft would even allow him to take it aboard the aircraft.

Sir Denis also took the opportunity of clarifying any misunderstanding that he and Lady Blundell would leave New Zealand when his term expires in September. But he [he] did intend moving from Wellington to Auckland to avoid any difficulties and confusion among people who might mistakenly continue to use their vice-regal titles.

The Minister of Local Government, Mr Highet briefly addressed guests at the luncheon and congratulated the city council on its new offices.

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14 May 1977


The Hawke's Bay Herald-Tribune


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