Tolerance, mutual trust, and great family support have been cornerstones for a long marriage, Porangahau golden wedding celebrants Hugh “Hutch” and Mere Hutcheson, believe.
Mr and Mrs Hutcheson celebrated their anniversary at the weekend, with their four children – daughters Maureen and Louise and sons Jim and Ronnie.
All four live in Porangahau, along with some of Mr and Mrs Hutcheson’s 18 grandchildren.
The pair also have 12 great-grandchildren.
The Hutchesons married in a Wellington registry office after the war. They have lived mainly in Central Hawke’s Bay.
Mr Hutcheson is a builder by trade, but has also worked for the Patangata County Council both in Waipukurau and Porangahau. They have lived in Porangahau for 44 years, the last 15 at the beach, enjoying a life of retirement.
The Maori Women’s Welfare League has been a major interest for both, in the years when there was a strong branch at Porangahau. Mrs Hutcheson is a foundation member of the league, and her husband an honorary member.
Mr Hutcheson is a past president of the Pono Football Club and was a delegate to the Central Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union.
Photo caption – Golden wedding couple Hutch and Mere Hutcheson relaxing at home.