Sto­ries of heart­break and tri­umph in­spire

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

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.

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