Shared in­ter­ests a bond

Pair have key to a long and happy mar­riage We don’t ar­gue. We have our own be­liefs and ideas, and we don’t ram them down each other’s throats. We live and let live.

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

It wasn’t love at first sight for Ron and Josie Fraser.

‘‘I didn’t like him at first. I thought he was bit full of him­self,’’ Josie says now, but the cou­ple cel­e­brated their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary re­cently.

The cou­ple, who moved to Mata­mata from Pa­pakura in De­cem­ber, met at Farm­ers in Otahuhu about 53 years ago where Ron was the re­liev­ing manager and Josie the ‘‘of­fice girl,’’ as she calls it.

Josie’s ini­tial mis­con­cep­tion of Ron, and her hav­ing a boyfriend, were no bar­ri­ers to the cou­ple even­tu­ally bond­ing over shared in­ter­ests.

Both are into har­ness rac­ing and went on to ‘‘ dab­ble’’ in own­ing a race horse in a syn­di­cate which meant many trips to watch it race in Australia.

They also vis­ited places such as Egypt and Spain.

Josie said the key to their long mar­riage was agree­ing to dis­agree. ‘‘We don’t ar­gue,’’ she said. ‘‘Peo­ple don’t be­lieve us. We have our own be­liefs and ideas, and we don’t ram them down each other’s throats. We live and let live.’’

The cou­ple moved to Mata­mata to get away from Auck­land’s traf­fic and were en­joy­ing the slower pace of life in the Waikato town.

‘‘ You go into shops and peo­ple take the time to talk to you,’’ Josie said.

The cou­ple headed back to Pa­pakura the week­end be­fore their April 7 wed­ding an­niver­sary to cel­e­brate with their fam­ily, in­clud­ing three chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren, and friends there. That in­cluded one son who was born on the cou­ple’s an­niver­sary.

‘‘His birth­day was not good plan­ning,’’ Josie said.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

Ron and Josie Fraser cel­e­brated their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary re­cently.

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