Ma­hara­hara farm­ers farewelled

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By STEVE CARLE´

A farewell evening was held for Alf and Es­ther Knight from Ma­hara­hara West at the Pa­p­atawa Hall on Sat­ur­day Septem­ber 29.

Mr Knight came to Pa­p­atawa from Feild­ing in 1936 and started at Pa­p­atawa school as a five year old in 1937. He went away to board at Wairarapa Col­lege then re­turned to the fam­ily farm and can re­mem­ber work­ing on hay presses us­ing wire.

The Knights met in Dan­nevirke when Alf was in the Dan­nevirke & Dis­tricts High­land Pipe Band and Es­ther was a High­land dancer. They had great times in com­pe­ti­tions and In­gle­sides.

“I al­ways wanted to live on a farm as a young girl hav­ing lived in Dan­nevirke, and I ended up mar­ry­ing a farmer,” said Es­ther. They bought land in Leith Road, Pa­p­atawa, where they raised three chil­dren for 10 years.

Then they moved to Ma­hara­hara West in part­ner­ship with Alf’s father run­ning sheep and cat­tle. They milked 26 cows with the milk be­ing trans­ported in cream cans by truck to the United fac­tory in Pin­fold road. When milk tankers were in­tro­duced it was go­ing to be too costly to put in a race for the tanker to turn around. dis­tinc­tion in­clud­ing Melvin Jones Award and Lloyd Morgan Award and a Founders Award. He has been District Gover­nor for the East Coast Re­gion from Welling­ton up to Gis­borne.

“It was fas­ci­nat­ing — I went to the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion in San Fran­cisco with my wife Es­ther in 1974.

“Lions Club projects in Woodville have been on a grand scale with the Coast to Coast be­ing the big one that keeps every­body busy,” he said.

Mr Knight served on the Dan­nevirke Hos­pi­tal Board where he was chair­man for 15 years, rep­re­sent­ing the Woodville County. This meant hav­ing to go to Welling­ton for monthly meet­ings. He took over from Wal­lace Gal­loway who had re­tired from the Board.

He has been flock man­ager for Group Rom­ney at Ma­hara­hara from it’s in­cep­tion when farm con­sul­tant Rusty Firth started it from palmerston North. His son Stephen is car­ry­ing on work with the group.

Es­ther Knight has been in­volved with the Pa­p­atawa Women’s In­sti­tute for over 60 years, hold­ing of­fice as pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary, trea­surer and com­mit­tee mem­ber. She served two terms as pres­i­dent for five then four years. She is a life mem­ber of the Pa­p­atawa Gar­den Club for over 60 years.

“I love gar­den­ing,” she said. She has been in­volved with the St James Union Church in Woodville as sec­re­tary and se­nior el­der and did Bi­ble in Schools for many years.

Mrs Knight has been a mem­ber of the now de­funct Woodville Flo­ral Art So­ci­ety for 50 years and has since joined the Dan­nevirke Flo­ral Art group. She has been a reg­u­lar en­trant at the Woodville Hor­ti­cul­ture Show. She is also known for her paint­ings in dif­fer­ent me­dia.

PHOTO/KEVIN MCINTYRE

Es­ther and Alf Knight (seated) with their fam­ily at the farewell evening.The cou­ple now live in a resthome in Dan­nevirke.

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