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Thank you Gisborne — off on bucket-list holiday now

Opinion Piece

I was adopted by Gisborne in 1983 and my late wife, Jean, and I spent many happy years there. I moved to Hastings in 2010 and due to a misdiagnosis back in December, I now have terminal cancer. At this stage I have about two months to live, with no chance of treatment.

My bucket list contains a South Island holiday with our daughters — a flight to Christchurch, TranzAlpine train trip, rental car to Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, train back to Picton, the ferry to Wellington and a couple of nights there, before flying home to Hastings, and one daughter on to her home in Gisborne.

Our whole family was based in Gisborne for nearly 30 years, and they’ve done well because of Gisborne — the schools, people and the businesses.

I used to give speeches here locally and by a slip of the tongue would say: “Thank you Gisborne”. Maybe in my mind, Gisborne is my home.

If I could claim something from my time in Gisborne, it would be that I repaired just about everybody’s lawnmower, chainsaw etc. Thank you for giving me the chance to give something back to the city.

A big thank you Gisborne, and goodbye.