Emo­tional farewell to young lad liv­ing his Kiwi dream

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - JO LINES-MACKENZIE

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.

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