A community-minded volunteer
Hall (for an industrial kitchen).
Another interesting task Templeton has done is conduct a funeral service at the request of the deceased’s estate.
Last summer, Templeton commentated at the southern timber sports Christmas and New Year circuit for the 29th year, calling at Cromwell, Gore, Otautau, Riverton, Colac Bay and Tuatapere.
He does the same at the Browns’ Sports Day in January.
‘‘I did the South Island axemen’s champs at Reefton this year,’’ said Templeton, who is a life member of the Tuatapere Axemen’s Athletic Society and Southland-Otago Axemen’s Association.
‘‘I’ve been going to woodchopping since I was 7.’’
He competed for a few years but his passion lies with commentating.
Tuatapere born and raised, Templeton lived in the western Southland town for 28 years.
He remembers the days the Tuatapere district had 15 sawmills, and being aged 12 when his family’s home got connected to electricity.
‘‘We got taught how to deer stalk and pig hunting and how to handle a rifle.’’
His uncles, Andrew and James Templeton, opened the first grocery shop in Tuatapere in the 1990s.
Templeton has lived in Australia and has been in Riverton for the past 30 years.
Peter Templeton, a staunch supporter of community fundraising and events in western Southland.