Shop’s history of long service
St Paul’s Opportunity Shop in Putaruru has turned 30.
The store began in 1981 on Buckland Street and has served the community proudly.
Shop manager Ann Brillant said money raised always went back to helping the community.
‘‘We divide that money and we try to keep the money local,’’ Ms Brillant said.
‘‘It is just the fact that the place has lasted 30 years.
‘‘It has been a success. The last 30 years have been very profitable for the community . . . It has proven its worth over the last 30 years.’’
She said donations from the community had been very generous.
CULTURE: Around 30 students from Tokoroa High School were out in force during Maori Language Week to promote the culture. Teacher Keinan Ngapo said: ‘‘We are out here on behalf of Tokoroa High School to promote te reo and the importance of manaakitanga.’’ The group also performed waiata while on their journey.
DEDICATED DECADES: St Paul’s Opportunity Shop’s Ann Brillant, Barbara Whyte, Sheila Cox and Lynette Putt all offer their time to give back to the community.