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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Thursday September 11
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, September 11, 2014 — 9 Just Hardwood Floors Visit our showroom: 9 Allens Road, East Tamaki (rear unit) Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm & Sat 10.30am-1pm. Email: email@example.com Supply & installation of quality timber flooring. Solid timber, veneers and laminates – new floors or restorations. Full guarantees. W: www.jhf.co.nz T: 0800 999 543 127026 TWO OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR GOLF BOOKINGS 535 1004 GET BACK ON COURSE pay as you play THE HOWICK GOLF CLUB Musick Point, Bucklands Beach www.howickgolf.co.nz PAY AS YOU PLAY 18 HOLE MEMBERSHIP – UNRESTRICTED $500 and a $20 green fee when you play PAY AS YOU PLAY 18 HOLE MEMBERSHIP – SOME RESTRICTIONS $325 and a $25 green fee when you play For details on these and our other memberships 535 1001 firstname.lastname@example.org 127626-V2 Treat family and friends to a unique gift that puts Howick on the map and in your home. UNIQUE LOCAL GIFTS Tea Towels $15 Howick Canvas 594mm wide x 841mm deep (A1) $150 To buy call into Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki. Or order online @ www.times.co.nz Also available at: Victoria’s of Howick, 87 Picton St, Howick. Ph 534 2490. And: Howick Historical Village What other media has as much reach as Howick and Pakuranga Times? TV? No – too many channels Radio? No – too many stations Internet? No – too many websites Pamphlets? No – not delivered to 25% of households Reaching letterboxes in the Howick Ward twice a week! Leaving but not lost FAMILY TIES: At the Owairoa Primary farewell, from left, principal Alan McIntyre, Merlene Howard, Bruce Howard, William Howard, and granddaughter Shanaye Howard, front. Times photo Farida Master By Farida Master tHERE were tears and laughter, the sharing of heartfelt stories and a song dedicated to him. Memorable moments, anecdotes and funny incidents came tumbling out as teachers of Owairoa Primary shared their personal experiences of the man that interviewed most of them for their jobs. Morning tea was arranged by principal Alan McIntyre to say farewell to his friend and confi- dant, but more importantly, the chairman of the school’s board of trustees Bruce Howard, the tough cop with the big heart and larger sense of adventure. Detective sergeant Mr Howard’s name has often featured in news headlines for busting international drug syndicates. He’s now posted to South China as a NZ Police attaché officer work- ing with Chinese enforcement agencies to intercept illicit drugs. The senior cop, who has spent 30 years dealing with criminals, also found a sense of ownership and positivity as board of trustees chairman for most of the 20 years he’s been with Owairoa Primary. Teacher Lindsay Humphreys spoke about Mr Howard as a man who lives life in the fast lane. “He likes to live life danger- ously,” she said. “He’s touched almost every continent apart from Antarctica. Now his journey is about to continue.” But Mr McIntyre is in no mood to let him go and has come up with an ingenious plan. For the first time in the board’s history, Mr Howard will continue as chairman with meetings being held on Skype. It’s the way the world moves these days, they chorus. There is a distinct sense of cama- raderie, a strong bond between the principal and the cop, as repartee is traded and they rib each other. “We’re the yin and yang,” said Mr Howard. “Alan thinks outside the square, he’s outrageous, while I do things in moderation. We have a good balance between us.” Mr McIntyre was serious for a few seconds, saying: “It’s very sad that Bruce is going away. He’s always been strong support to me. “A principal’s role is hard and there are not many people I can talk to like I do with Bruce.” It’s obvious that Mr McIntyre takes as much pride in his mate’s appointment as he does in his school. “Bruce’s promotion to China as a diplomat and his new covert role in Guangzhou is a specially created position,” he said. “He will liaise with the NZ Police from China. Recently he met with Police Minister Anne Tolley in Wellington.” Mr Howard said: “China is a sig- nificant source country for meth- amphetamine. It’s a lucrative drug market, and a high profit drug destination. “We have good relations with the Chinese police and already have an office in Beijing. This will be a subordinate role based in Guangzhou.” While he and his wife Merlene will be away for two years, Mr McIntyre is happy that school feels like family to everyone. “Three generations of the Howard family have been involved with us.” And on cue, Mr Howard’s eight- year-old granddaughter Shanaye arrived for the Times photo, as did his son William, a year 4 teacher. There’s no denying that Mr Howard, known for crazy antics like making his entire family dress as pirates on a river trip in Aus- tralia, is going to be sorely missed.
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