Adieu to stal­warts

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Plim­mer­ton iden­ti­ties John and He­len Chip­per have left the build­ing.

The cou­ple, own­ers of the Moana Lodge, have moved to Auck­land to be closer to fam­ily. They had a farewell last week at the Pavil­ion.

Mrs Chip­per said they wanted to make their exit with a min­i­mum of fuss and they were not keen to be in­ter­viewed.

The Chip­pers were ac­tive mem­bers of the Plim­mer­ton com­mu­nity.

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Tim Shep­pard de­scribed He­len as a ‘‘found­ing mother’’ of the coun­cil’s vil­lage pro­gramme. She was also in­volved in a cam­paign to stop heav­ily-laden trucks from a nearby quarry from rum­bling through the sub­urb.

Moana Lodge, which is a his- toric build­ing, won in­dus­try awards and fea­tured in The Lonely Planet as one of the top back­pack­ers in the re­gion.

Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Colin Bleas­dale said the Chip­pers’ farewell was a chance to re­flect on the ‘‘valu­able’’ in­put they had made.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett noted the Chip­pers’ ‘‘su­perb ser­vice to Porirua over the years’’ at a coun­cil meet­ing last week.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.