Stal­wart ‘ready for a change’

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Af­ter more than 20 years at the Mangakino Community Agency, an ini­tia­tive she helped de­velop, cen­tre man­ager Pam Wil­son QSM will step into work for the last time to­day.

The Mangakino stal­wart has been a driv­ing force be­hind the agency and has de­cided to call it quits.

‘‘Just as I am not as young and vi­brant as I was . . . I can feel that it is time,’’ the 75-year-old said. ‘‘I am ready for a new change.’’ Orig­i­nally from Ti­rau, which is where her hus­band hails from, Mrs Wil­son moved to Mangakino 50 years ago and de­spite her re­tire­ment, will stay in the town.

‘‘I am still liv­ing in the house we came to 50 years ago.’’

She also said thoughts of re­tire­ment crossed her mind ear­lier this year.

‘‘But I won’t be com­pletely re­tired; my daugh­ter is the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal over at Mangakino Area School so I will be go­ing over there to help out.’’

Mrs Wil­son re­calls the im­por­tance of set­ting up the agency when Mangakino’s pop­u­la­tion be­gan to de­cline.

‘‘As time went on and Mangakino grad­u­ally shrunk, that was part of the rea­son for set­ting up the agency. A num­ber of ser­vices were be­ing lost: the bus ser­vice stopped, the bank closed, a lot of our peo­ple had no way of go­ing to ac­cess those ser­vices . . . When we started off it was just about pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice.’’

Mrs Wil­son raised three daugh­ters in Mangakino, and says she will miss the re­la­tion­ships with her clients the most.

‘‘I will miss the peo­ple, the staff and the clients I have formed re­la­tion­ships with,’’ she said.

TIME TO SAY GOOD­BYE: Mangakino Community Agency’s Pam Wil­son will re­tire from her po­si­tion af­ter more than 20 years.

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