‘Happy hunting’ Brownie

LETTER

We the members of the Poverty Bay East Coast Pig Hunters Club wish to say “happy hunting” to Brownie Waikari who passed away on Monday, March 13 at 88 years of age.

He was the driving force behind the start-up of our club back in the early 1980s and became our first club president.

The club was formed chefly to gain access through the Department of Conservation at that time. I remember several exciting trips by helicopter into the heart of the forest and the large number of pigs we caught and brought back.

After several years Brownie moved to Te Araroa, retiring from his position as president but by then a founder member who would attend meetings whenever back in Gisborne.

On one of those trips he told me how he had to go up to Hamilton Hospital where he had a five by-pass heart operation, from which he quickly recovered — and that was many years back. Several of his sons were also members of the club, with Albie Waikari being president for well over a decade.

Brownie was a good president and a good guy. We will not forget him.

Neal Goodson

PBEC Pighunters Club

We the members of the Poverty Bay East Coast Pig Hunters Club wish to say “happy hunting” to Brownie Waikari who passed away on Monday, March 13 at 88 years of age.

He was the driving force behind the start-up of our club back in the early 1980s and became our first club president.

The club was formed chefly to gain access through the Department of Conservation at that time. I remember several exciting trips by helicopter into the heart of the forest and the large number of pigs we caught and brought back.

After several years Brownie moved to Te Araroa, retiring from his position as president but by then a founder member who would attend meetings whenever back in Gisborne.

On one of those trips he told me how he had to go up to Hamilton Hospital where he had a five by-pass heart operation, from which he quickly recovered — and that was many years back. Several of his sons were also members of the club, with Albie Waikari being president for well over a decade.

Brownie was a good president and a good guy. We will not forget him.

Neal Goodson

PBEC Pighunters Club

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Waikari whanau - 8 months ago
Thank you Neal for your korero about our Dad/Pop. Our father was the ultimate gatherer of kai for his family of 13 - a pig hunter of renown, fisherman, diver and a hard worker for his whanau. He never smoked or drank, which is probably why he lived to 88 years young. Mum is happy that you are finally there with her. We love and miss you both so much...

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