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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, JANUARY 12, 2013
Art and film on show
The Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
Art & Film Festival opens on
January 14 and will run until
January 20. It brings with it art
stalls, workshops, an art auction,
food, live entertainment, a kids'
zone, and -- of course -- open-air
cinema. The event is a showcase
for New Zealand art, as well as a
fundraiser for the camp.
Free wi-fi on offer 24x7
Waimakariri district libraries now
have free wi-fi available 24 hours a
day. They have offered the free
service for many years, but it has
previously only been available
during opening hours. The free wi-
fi hotspots can be found at the
Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford
libraries, and also extend to
nearby car parks and seating
Council retains policy
The Hurunui District Council voted
to continue the current policy on
gambling in the region at its last
meeting for 2012. The council
reviewed its policies in line with
the requirements of the Gambling
and Racing Acts.
Loyal, honest, private
Ken Brown: ''If you earned Dad's trust you were a friend for life.''
A PROMINENT and well-
respected member of the North
Canterbury business community
was farewelled this week, with
the funeral of Ken Brown, senior
owner of the New World super-
market in Rangiora.
He died on December 30, aged
85.Mr Brown was born in 1928
above the family grocery store on
the Main North Rd in Belfast.
He went to Belfast Primary
School and Christchurch Boys
Born into a family of grocers, he
remained one all his life.
His paternal grandparents had
emigrated from Lancashire in the
north of England in 1879 and
started a grocery store next to
where the old Belfast New World
-- now Harringtons Restaurant --
He joined the family business
when he finished secondary school
in the mid-1940s. In 1964
Foodstuffs decided to build a New
World supermarket in Belfast --
only the second New World in the
Mr Brown and his cousin took
the plunge and, borrowing what
then was a huge amount of
money, set about learning how to
run a supermarket.
They worked long hours, even
though they were only trading
Monday to Friday with a late
night until 9pm on Fridays.
Mr Brown was in charge of fruit
and vegetables, which meant
5.30am trips to the produce mar-
kets to purchase all the daily
requirements by auction and then
collect and transport them back to
He continued to drive in to the
markets to collect produce orders
until earlier this year.
In 1977 Ken and his wife Veron-
ica took over the Rangiora New
World, which in those days was a
small store with three checkout
lanes in Victoria St next to the
RSA in what is now a church
youth centre. The business moved
to its current site on Good St in
As a young man, Mr Brown
played cricket for Stewarts Gully
in the North Canterbury compe-
tition and senior rugby for Belfast.
He also played tennis and indoor
bowls at various times, and was a
foundation member of the Belfast
Rotary Club before transferring to
He loved the outdoors and was a
keen hunter and fisherman.
In 1984 the Browns moved to
Carrs Road in Loburn, where they
planted thousands of native trees
Mr Brown had a large vegetable
garden, even though he had a
supermarket to supply all the
fruit and vegetables he could poss-
He just liked to be busy'', his
son Robin said at the funeral.
The property has always had a
resident population of rabbits, and
Dad used to drive up and down
the farm tracks and shoot any
rabbits he saw -- sometimes with-
out getting out of the car.
On one occasion he saw a rab-
bit sitting on the track directly in
front of the car.
Leaning out the car window he
lined up the rabbit in the tele-
scopic sights, squeezed the trigger
and shot the wing mirror off the
Over the past 20 years Mr
Brown rekindled his interest in
horse racing -- something he had
inherited from his mother.
A highlight for the family syndi-
cate was winning the New Zea-
land Galloping Cup in 2003 with
Once their children left home,
Mr and Mrs Brown enjoyed sev-
eral years of tramping -- mainly
around the South Island but also
in Nepal, Canada and Alaska.
In the eulogy, Robin summed
up his father as loyal, honest,
hardworking and private''.
If you earned Dad's trust you
were a friend for life, but that
trust wasn't given lightly. He dis-
played honesty and hard work in
his own life and respected it in
New World staff who had work-
ed with Mr Brown formed a guard
of honour at the funeral, and
those unable to attend the service
arranged for a minute's silence at
the supermarket. Geoff Mein
Century of unity in the south
Unity: Film-maker Ken Zemke chats with keynote
speaker, American musician Tom Price. INSET: A
Tongan ma'ulu'ulu provided entertainment one
evening at the South Island Baha'i Summer
School, held in Waipara last week.
THE FIRST South Island event to
mark 100 years of the Baha'i Faith in
New Zealand was held in Waipara
last week and attracted about 120 fol-
lowers of the faith.
They came together for a six-day
summer school that included devo-
tions, presentations, workshops, chil-
dren's and junior-youth classes, spea-
kers, arts and crafts, Tongan dance
lessons, and a drama programme.
Sporting activities also featured on
the timetable, with a toboggan hill
slide, a water slide, the swimming
hole and flying fox, a soccer match,
and a water fight for the children and
junior youth. The evenings were filled
with story-telling and concerts.
Keynote speaker for the week was
American songwriter, conductor and
musical director Tom Price.
He gave presentations each morn-
ing on the subject of spiritual transfor-
mation and also worked with an
enthusiastic 36-member choir.
Originating in 19th century Persia,
the Baha'i Faith was established in
New Zealand by a single follower,
Margaret Stevenson, in 1913.
Today, there are local communities
spread nationwide, all advocating the
religion's tenets of spiritual unity and
the need today for the gradual estab-
lishment of peace, justice and unity on
a global scale.
HAVE YOUR SAY
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4722, Christchurch 8140.
Thank you seems such inadequate
words to say to the gentleman
whose reflexes were faster than
mine when my young grandson
got into difficulties in the Ashley
river on Thursday. But they are
all I have. So thank you very very
much. Many blessings to you and
your family from a very grateful
A bouquet to the community of
Rangiora, being so friendly and
welcoming. I have moved from
Christchurch to Rangiora and
found it quite hard not knowing
anyone. Even the supermarkets
feel different, as no-one greets you
in the same manner as your usual
supermarket. I felt it was
probably because I'm not a New
Zealander but I feel I am one as I
have been residing in New
Zealand for the last 22 years.
A brickbat to employers telling
me I am over qualified or have too
strong a personality and are
worried I will clash with co-
I am known to be the friendliest
person in the whole world and my
friends in Christchurch always
said I am like a celebrity walking
down the street because
everybody either waves to me or
stops and talks.
I have numerous skills and
experiences and many, many
years of retail experience with the
best customer service you have
ever had. I know how I want to be
treated, therefore I treat my
customers the same.
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