Stories of heartbreak and triumph inspire
As I put the finishing touches to my last paper as editor, I look back over my career at South Waikato News with laughter, tears and an unbelievably thick hide and broad shoulders – traits that I am very fortunate to have learnt on my home patch.
I grew up reading this paper and I am extremely honoured to have been at the helm for close to three years, and prior to that, being a reporter for your local.
As I pack up my office and go through the yarns over the years I am amazed and inspired by our community’s openness to share their life with us and the wider public, whether it was about success, triumph, pain or anguish.
Your willingness to share your stories have helped inspire, warn and in some instances help our community avoid a similar path.
Through the heartbreak and triumph it is your stories that have given our district a voice and for that I thank you.
I would like to wish the South Waikato News team all the best for the future, a new editor will be appointed in due course.
I start my new role at the Waikato Times as an investigative journalist covering the Waikato region in a few weeks.
So for now, thank you and goodbye.