Mayor gives emotional tribute
An emotional Whanga¯ rei mayor Sheryl Mai paid tribute to Archie Dixon at the beginning of the full council meeting last Thursday.
Mai described Dixon as a “precious man in our community” and said his death would be a huge loss.
The former Whanga¯ rei RSA president died last Tuesday night after a short illness, aged 81.
Mai said Dixon was awarded a civic honour in 2010 and was instrumental in moving the city’s war memorial from Rose St to Laurie Hall Park, among various other involvements. Councillors, staff and the public stood for a moment’s silence before the meeting.
Dixon served in the SAS and was deployed in UN forces on the Golan Heights. As well as being president of Whanga¯ rei RSA, he held national roles in the organisation..