HELPED N. Z. WIN SOUTHERN CROSS SERIES
Mr Kevin Tomlinson, Chief Engineer at Westﬁeld, recently returned to work from a strenuous holiday as a crew member aboard the Auckland yacht “Tempo” which was one of the three boats representing New Zealand in the Southern Cross series in Australia.
Ken actually helped build “Tempo” in 1974 and has crewed on her ever since.
The build-up for the Southern Cross series started with a series of races off Auckland to determine which yachts would represent New Zealand, the ﬁnal choice being “Prospect of Ponsonby”, “Quicksilver” and “Tempo”. Ken then got a ﬁrst hand chance to use the results of a 12-month night school course in practical navigation as the yacht headed for Sydney. He says that he wasn’t particularly worried as all one had to do was sail to the northernmost tip of New Zealand, signal left and Australia would have been hard to miss … But amazingly the crew hit Sydney right on the nose.
Then into a period of hard training to get race ﬁt as Ken says that by this time the crew were grossly overweight due in the main to the beautiful meals which had been pre-cooked and prepacked at Westﬁeld (even down to the mint sauce on the roast lamb!).
The New Zealand team’s spirits were high and the series a hard fought affair with the team surprising everyone by topping the scoreboard and clinching the series ahead of New South Wales, their strongest rivals. Ken says that although “Tempo” was never a front runner and suffered more than her share of bad luck she performed consistently enough to back up the performances of the other two boats to win the title.
Ken’s navigational prowess was demonstrated a second time in a race home to Auckland from Hobart when after sailing for two days through fog “Tempo” passed its target of Cape Reinga right on course.
The manager of the NZ. Stockfoods Company, Westﬁeld, Mr Sidney Barker, is retiring on account of ill health at the end of this month.
Mr Barker joined the organisation in New Zealand in June 1950 after having had extensive experience in feed milling in Britain.
Since then he has played a prominent part in the development of the industry in this country. His successor is Mr David Gusscott.
Mr John Bent of Palmerston North has joined the staff of the Sales Department, replacing Mr Matt Laird of Hawera, who has retired. John recently passed his ﬁnal for Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Mr Edward Nicoll also recently joined the Sales Department in Christchurch where he has replaced Mr Euan Laird who resigned in January, to study medicine. Ed has had extensive experience in livestock circles before joining Fletcher’s.
The Westﬁeld Freezing Company has announced a number of staff movements.
Mr Sam Young, Accountant, has been transferred to the Organisation’s Brazil operations, and Mr Wally Rawlings, from Head Ofﬁce, Wellington, has taken up the position of Acting Chief Accountant.
Mr Kerry Potter, previously Production Manager, has been appointed Assistant Works Manager, By-Products.
Mr Bill Forsman, Commercial Manager, has also assumed responsibility for the Production Department, and Mr Neil Bridgland has been appointed Production Assistant.
PATEA J. P.
Cyril D. Hurcomb, Secretary of the Patea Freezing Company for the past nine years, has recently been appointed a Justice of the Peace.
Weddel’s World congratulations to Eric Weir, Patea Freezing Company’s Stockbuyer in Waverley, who has been elected President of the Wanganui Rugby Union. As such he will be called upon to welcome and host the New Zealand Rugby Union’s Colts team in Wanganui City for their match on 31st July 1976.
Condolences to the wife and family of Ken Gandy, a popular member of Head Ofﬁce staff who died in February after a period of illness.
Another stalwart of the Company, Les Smith, died in February. Les joined the company as an Architect in 1920 and later became Superintendent Structural Engineer for the W. & R. Fletcher Group in New Zealand.
During his time in the Company he played an important part in the development of its four Freezing Works from comparatively small plants to some of the major Freezing Works in the industry in this country. Les, who is survived by his wife, retired in 1964 at the age of 65 years having served the Group for 44 years.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Mark Vestey on the birth of their daughter in London last month.
Westfield Winner Was No Surprise
It was no surprise when Precious Gukilau (pictured above with the McCown Cup) won the championship event for men, over 110 metres, at the Westﬁeld Freezing Company’s annual picnic and sports day at Totara Park, Auckland.
After all Precious, who works in the freezers, had represented Fiji in the last Commonwealth Games.
A brilliant day and good programme drew a huge crowd of 1,300 adults and children to the event which had such varied attractions as swimming, athletic events, a rock concert, and a number of novelty events to ensure that all children had a chance to win a prize.
The inter-department tug-of-war was won by the mutton ﬂoor, who really couldn’t miss, as their anchor man was Lofty Urlich, the Union President, and the judge was Joe Wolfe, the Union Secretary!
After the sporting events a magnificent hangi, prepared by three of the works’ senior butchers, Billy Walker, Bill Morunga and Tommy Ngaha, was opened. After everyone had received an ample helping one of the lady assistants commented: “The children were excellent … 90% of them said thank you.”
Mr Jack McCredie, the provincial livestock manager at Nelsons [N.Z.] Ltd entered the livestock business with a small agency company in the Waikato in 1935. After six years of overseas service during the Second World War, Mr McCredie transferred to Gisborne in 1948 and joined Nelsons in 1951. He was appointed provincial livestock manager in 1954, succeeding Mr Sam Snushall. During his time in Gisborne, Mr McCredie says that the livestock production in the territory has increased quite substantially, largely through the advent of aerial top dressing, and at the same time the quality of livestock has been improved. Mr McCredie has been involved in many local community interests, being active in the R.S.A., Heritage, a past chairman and currently patron of the Gisborne Boy Scout movement, and was Chief Warden of the Gisborne Civil Defence organisation for eight years. His sporting interests include swimming and diving.
W. & R. Fletcher (N.Z.) Ltd.