Sunday Star-Times

Town heroes


Ask most people, particular­ly north of the Bombay Hills, where Tinui is and they would look blank (‘‘Monumental efforts’’, Focus, January 14).

We know it well. It is relevant to my wife and I because Neil Palmer is our brother-in-law. He’d be upset about my writing about him as, like any Kiwi No 8 expert, he gets on with the job and keeps his head down. He is passionate­ly devoted to Tinui and the only way you will get him out of there is in a box. The neat and tidy look of Tinui is substantia­lly the result of his work in a very small township – one small church, school, hall, two small local museums and a coffee shop.

Whether Tinui held the first Anzac service is irrelevant – the armed services parade there every Anzac Day.

Peter Patten, Auckland

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