FACEBOOK PAGE TO HELP BERNIE HORNFECK SET UP
Bernie Hornfeck helped build the kaumatua flats at Apumoana Marae, but he never thought he’d be living in one of them.
Hornfeck, 89, is staying at the Marae in the wake of the June 20 fire that destroyed his Lynmore residence last Tuesday - his home for the last 50 years.
While Hornfeck said his insurer will pay for a new home, he had no contents insurance.
The much loved activist and community gardner is also being backed by a fundraising campaign set up by Te Ringahuia Hata, who wanted to raise funds to help Hornfeck get back on his feet.
‘‘Bernie is our local hero on many levels and loved by everyone,’’ she said.
‘‘Bernie has been an inspiration to me since meeting him at a land hui back in Whakatohea years ago.
‘‘His political analysis is accurate every time and his sense of responsibility and concern for the problems and injustices of society is infectious.
‘‘He is a gentleman, humble and hugely polite and I set this page up as a way of giving back to Bernie.’’
Hornfeck said he greatly appreciated the outpouring of concern and offers of help that had come his way, some from as far afield as the United Kingdom and South Africa.
‘‘People have been wonderful,’’ he said.
‘‘But I haven’t really been surprised because that’s what people are like.’’
He also said work would begin to clean up his fire damaged property almost immediately, and that his insurers will fund a new home.
‘‘Sounds like it will be a collaboration. They’ll want my ideas so I think I’l have a say.’’