Looking for one that got away
Forty years after almost marrying his girl, John Waters is on a hunt to find out where she ended up.
He met Julie - whose current surname is unknown - on a blind date suggested by a rugby mate in 1976.
Their paths crossed several times since then, but one of them was always married to someone else, and they haven’t spoken in 20 years.
Now living in Tokoroa, Waters  said when he’d last heard from Julie, she had met a guy and moved to Stratford.
All he knew about her was that she was born Julie Cornelius in Putaruru, grew up in Napier and later trained as a Karitane nurse in Whanganui. He estimated she would now be about 58 or 59 years old.
He described her as a shortish Maori girl.
‘‘We just seemed to hit it off quite well,’’ he recalled.
They went their separate ways, until Julie heard that John was in hospital in 1980.
‘‘She came over on her motorbike to come and visit with me.’’
By that time, however, Julie was married.
‘‘Nothing happened because she was married and I respected that.’’
A few years later they met again - but this time John was the one who was married.
‘‘I don’t know how the heck we kept catching up with each other. Our paths kept crossing all the time.’’
He has no idea where she might be now.
‘‘I kept thinking about Julie and how she was getting on with her life,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s like the one that got away.’’
‘‘I’d like to rekindle that friendship that we have. Whether she’s married or single or passed on, I don’t know.’’
Waters’ sister, Jo Davis, said her brother had been looking for Julie for a while.
‘‘They were quite a happy couple.’’
She thought the age difference may have been a factor in their separation.
‘‘I did say to him ‘maybe she doesn’t want to be found’.’’
Waters said he’d had no idea where Putaruru was until he moved to Tokoroa with his fourth wife.
‘‘That brought it all back about Julie and I couldn’t get it out of my head.
‘‘I’ve never ever forgotten her.’’ The father of Moko Rangitoheriri, the toddler who was beaten to death in Taupo, will serve at least two more months in prison after being declined parole.
Jordan Tawa Rangitoheriri, 30, is serving a sentence of two years and seven months for a dangerous act with intent to injure, unlawful possession of a firearm and driving offences. The charges were laid after he shot at a vehicle in Tokoroa in 2016.
Rangitoheriri was originally meant to appear in court on the same day that his son’s killers, David Haerewa and Tania Shailer, were sentenced for the 3-yearold’s manslaughter.
The pair beat Moko to death after his mother left him in their care while she stayed with her eldest child at Starship Children’s Hospital.
Rangitoheriri appeared before the Parole Board in May.
The board said Rangitoheriri had a ‘‘significant’’ criminal history, including assault charges, breaches of court orders and driving offences.
The decision noted the senior Black Power member was still considered as the ‘‘godfather’’ of his gang, although another member had taken over leadership of his chapter.
Rangitoheriri had completed a rehabilitation programme, which had helped with his communication issues, the board said.