It’s new hats and in most cases, towns and cities, for a number of staff members in the W&R Fletcher Group, as a series of promotions and transfers take effect.
Mr Alan Parker, from Works Manager, Tomoana, to General Manager, Westfield.
Mr Robin Reid, from Works Manager, Westfield, to Works Manager, Tomoana.
Mr Percy Lambly, from Assistant Works Manager, to Works Manager at Westfield.
Mr Laurie Craven, from Slaughter Floor Supervisor, to Assistant Works Manager of beef and boning at Westfield.
Mr Len Hamilton, from Cost Department Manager, Wellington, to Assistant to the General Manager at Westfield.
Mr Denis McClenaghan, from Production Officer, Wellington, to By-Products Supervisor Tomoana.
Mr Graham Clark, from Production Control Officer, Westfield, to Production Officer, Wellington.
Mr Scott Weir, from By Products Department, Wellington, to Production Control Officer, Westfield.
And at New Zealand Light Leathers: Mr Neil Dickson, on secondment to Gomshall in the UK,
Mr Jim Broadhead, from Union Industries, Mazamet, France, to Technical Manager, Hastings Tannery.
A picture of the sailing ship “Turakina”, which carried the ﬁrst shipment of meat from the Tomoana Freezing Works to Britain in 1884, was presented to Nelsons (NZ) Ltd during recent centenary celebrations.
Manager of P&O New Zealand, Mr Ian Hopson (right), is pictured making the presentation to Nelson’s Shipping Manager, Mr Tom Hughes. The “Turakina” was owned by the New Zealand Shipping Company Ltd, which was later taken over by the P&O line.
Photo: Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune.
London years change outlook
Two years with Union International in London has given Neil Bridgland a “very different outlook” on the meat marketing industry.
Now Assistant Works Manager By-Products at Westfield, he has just returned to New Zealand after a stint in the Overseas Department of Weddel & Co., London.
The trip to London was sponsored by the company as part of a special programme which allows employees from Australia and New Zealand to learn the marketing and management side of the industry in the UK.
Working in the Overseas Department was, Neil said, “an immensely interesting experience”, covering as it does not just Australasia, but the Pacific, Far East and North America, and Neil’s two years in London included work excursions to Europe and Saudi Arabia.
“The overseas experience gave me a far greater appreciation of the way the company is run, particularly an awareness of the commercial aspects of the business,” Neil said.
“I learned very quickly that there are two ways to process animals – profitably and unprofitably – and obviously, I now look at the job here in a totally different way.
“Perhaps the most telling impact of the trip, personally on me, was just how insignificant New Zealand is in the eyes of the world. I think we’re inclined here, to believe that without our lamb, the world would fall apart. I found that, however, to be a fallacy!”
Neil and his wife, Robyn, went to the UK with a five-month old son, Craig, and returned with a brother for him, Nathan. Robyn had been in London before, when she did a postgraduate course in pediatrics [paediatrics] there. For her, the trip was a chance to renew old acquaintances.
The couple bought a VW Combie Camper and managed to see a large slice of Europe in between Neil’s work commitments.
The London posting was of tremendous satisfaction to Neil, who joined the company at Westfield more than 19 years ago, when he began his career tying neck strings on lambs.
W&R Fletcher has always supported A&P Shows. Wherever there are Fletcher buyers, they will be found behind the scenes penning up stock, stewarding and judging.
Derek McCartney (pictured above), the longest serving member of the buying staff and a member of the Gisborne team, has attained the distinction of President of the Poverty Bay A&P Association, after serving 17 years at committee level.
Derek commenced work with the company in the Tomoana office in 1944, moved to Gisborne in 1949, spent a year in the Waikato before being moved to Tolaga Bay when Borthwicks closed their Tokomaru Bay Works, covering the extensive area from Tolaga Bay to Lotton Point.
For the last 24 years he has resided and worked in the Gisborne district. He farms a small Murray Grey stud.
The New Zealand Post office soccer team may have regretted its challenge issued recently to W&R Fletcher’s social team, when it was soundly beaten three goals to nil.
All Stars captain, Stuart Clark, a London trainee on secondment in Wellington said the team handled itself well and that he was pleasantly surprised at the high standard of social soccer in New Zealand.
Pictured are (back row from left to right) Peter Johnson; Tony Wiseman; Neville Slight; Stuart Clarke; Jeff Larsen; Nick Papatsoumas. Front Row (left to right); Mark Ridden; Vickie How; Andrea Jones; Eric Van Kampen; Andrew McNab.