Emotional farewell to young lad living his Kiwi dream
worked for him and I worked for his friend. We just went Michael Spink was living his out every night together, we dream during his spell as a were the only two English Kiwi farmer. lads over here.’’
The English dairy worker The duo arrived in New died after being struck by a Zealand eight months ago. vehicle while walking along Spink often told people he State Highway 27 near Matawas living the dream and was mata on Saturday morning. extremely happy to be in New
The 24-year-old left his car Zealand doing what he loved, in a ditch to walk the 10km with people that he loved. back to the farm he was workMargerison described ing on when he was hit from Spink as someone that never behind by a vehicle in the had a bad word said about darkness. him, he was very social and
His best friend Ed made friends very easily. Margerison is still struggling Friends organised a memto come to terms that he orial for him at the site where doesn’t have his sidekick he was killed. beside him anymore. ‘‘For a lad that has been
‘‘I used to talk to him every here for six months over 30 day. We were both invited to people turned up so that come and work over here by shows you what sort of lad he the same person and Mike was, that so many people would come to pay their respects after only being in the country a short time.
‘‘It was emotional. It was really hard. I don’t think there was a dry eye between the 30 of us and most of us are 20-year-old lads so we aren’t normally emotional.’’
Spink belonged to the Young Farmers club and would meet with the members to have a beer and share stories.
Spink’s boss, Allen Collinson described Michael as a fantastic worker and person, who had become one of the family. He had also started to look at the residency process.
‘‘He loved NZ, was passionate about the dairy industry. His work ethic was incredible,’’ said Collinson.