Taupo Mayor pays trib­ute to Meads

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - STEPH RANGI

Taupo Mayor David Tre­wavas says the late Sir Colin Meads has had a huge in­put into the Taupo sport­ing com­mu­nity.

Sir Colin ‘Pine­tree’ Meads passed away at the age of 81, a loss which has been felt widely through­out the rugby-play­ing world.

Meads was a pop­u­lar fig­ure in New Zealand and abroad, even decades af­ter his out­stand­ing play­ing ca­reer ended.

Taupo Mayor, David Tre­wavas, said what Meads has done for the Taupo district has been im­mea­sur­able.

‘‘He al­ways came at the drop of a hat to speak at func­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘Any­thing that’s been good for the district or good for rugby in the district, he’s been there.’’

Meads was one of the Taupo am­bas­sadors for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

He trav­elled around Wales and Ire­land with Taupo deputy Mayor, Mike Dow­nard, and Tre­wavas who was the King Coun­try Foot­ball Union CEO, to pro­mote Taupo as a des­ti­na­tion for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

As a re­sult of this tour, the Tuwhare­toa un­der 15 in­vi­ta­tion rugby team played against vis­it­ing un­der 15 team from the Rhondda Com­pre­hen­sive School District in South Wales.

From 2011-2013 Meads lent a help­ing hand to plant na­tive trees at Whakaipo Bay.

The plant­ing pro­ject was ded­i­cated to a rugby le­gend from the re­gion – some­one who made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to rugby in New Zealand and Meads planted along­side hun­dreds of other volunteers.

Meads was also in­stru­men­tal in Taupo be­com­ing part of the King Coun­try Union and worked with Owen Delaney to build up the union.

‘‘He was very sup­port­ive of that,’’ Tre­wavas said.

‘‘Even though he was from Te Kuiti, he spent a lot of time here pro­mot­ing the town.’’

Tre­wavas wanted to pay trib­ute and thank Meads on be­half of the Taupo com­mu­nity.

‘‘We just ap­pre­ci­ate the time and ef­fort he put into this district.’’

Work­ing with Meads is some­thing Tre­wavas will trea­sure.

‘‘I worked with him for three years. We were in my car ev­ery week go­ing around to jobs .

‘‘It was an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to work with him.’’

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