Fun mem­o­ries flood back

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

What hap­pened in the for­est stayed in the for­est – that is un­til it came to the NZ For­est Prod­ucts re­union of course.

For­mer NZ For­est Prod­ucts em­ployee Gerry Port­e­gys laughed when asked about the sto­ries told by for­mer em­ploy­ees.

There were many that were best left un­told but the week­end long re­union was a mem­ory in it­self for the 120 at­ten­dees.

‘‘ There were peo­ple that I hadn’t seen in 40 years.’’

The week­end in­cluded a meet and greet on the first night fol­lowed by a field trip to South Waikato forests.

Port­e­gys said it was a shock for some when they saw the amount of forestry to farm­ing con­ver­sions.

Dur­ing the evening’s event Port­e­gys was sub­ject to many tales.

‘‘We did a burn off one time in prepa­ra­tion for plant­ing and a mes­sage went through say­ing there was a fire at the KK block.’’

Port­e­gys sent his worker to help with the he­li­copter how­ever it never ar­rived.

‘‘The su­per­vi­sor there said to me ‘Gerry where is this bloody chopper’.’’

It turned out the Port­e­gys’ burn off was be­ing put out in­stead of the KK block fire.

He said the suc­cess of the re­union could lead to another one in the fu­ture.

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Look­ing back: Forestry Prod­uct em­ploy­ees meet up for a week­end long re­union to rem­i­nise on all the good times.

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