Waitaki Herald : July 23rd 2014
4 WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 23, 2014 NEWS Couple find dance partners for life I By NICOLA WOLFE t was love at first sight for Kevin and Iris Howard. The Oamaru couple met at a dance at the Scottish Hall in 1947 and are still going strong. Today they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. ‘‘It doesn’t seem like it,’’ says Mr Howard. ‘‘The years roll along.’’ ‘‘I’d do it all again,’’ Mrs Howard says, a sentiment her husband agreed with. Mr Howard had just returned from overseas before he met Iris and the dances were the best place to meet new people, he says. ‘‘Everybody made it to the Scottish Hall dance on Saturday night in those days.’’ Mrs Howard noticed Kevin straight away but isn’t quite sure what about him attracted her. ‘‘I don’t know what it was. It just happened. ‘‘It must have been love at first sight,’’ she says. ‘‘We must have been meant to be together if we’ve lasted this long.’’ They were married July 23, 1949 at St Patrick’s Basilica in Oamaru. ‘‘It was a lovely day. It was a cool winter day but a norwester breeze struck up in the afternoon,’’ Mr Howard says. Their wedding breakfast was at the Star and Garter. ‘‘It cost the equivalent of 45 cents per head for a wedding breakfast back then,’’ he says. A highlight of their marriage has been their children, Mrs Howard says. The couple have six children – four boys, including a set of twins, and two girls. ‘‘I felt on top world when our first daughter was born after four boys,’’ Mrs Howard remembers. First dance: Kevin and Iris Howard are still in love after meeting at a dance in 1947. They also have seven grandchildren. The couple both agree one of the keys to a long, successful marriage is patience and a lot of it. ‘‘Everybody has disagreements but you need to have patience with each other,’’ Mr Howard says. ‘‘Also, knowing when to speak up and when to shut up.’’ Being able to share their Cath- olic faith together also helped, he says. Mrs Howard’s advice is to ‘‘just be happy’’. ‘‘You’ve got to work at it,’’ Mr Howard adds. ‘‘Marriage is a contract and you’ve got to work it at together.’’ As part of the celebrations Mr and Mrs Howard are having a meal with family and friends at the Star and Garter. IT installation delays opening of court facility By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD daniel.birchfield@ waitakiherald.co.nz The official opening of Oamaru’s new temporary court facility has been pushed back further, following a delay in the installation of the site’s IT network. The facility on Humber St, in the Oamaru Licensing Trust car park behind the Brydone Hotel, was set to open in the later part of June but work was slowed because of poor weather. The most recent delay will most likely see the facility open at the end of this month. Courts Minister Chester Borrows says ‘‘final touches’’ are being added to the Oamaru Court facility, where crews have been working since May. ‘‘The construction of the build- ing and the internal fit-out is more or less complete, however some work on the installation of the building’s IT network has taken longer than originally planned,’’ he says. ‘‘This work includes the dig- ging of a trench and installation of an underground network cable, and overall IT testing.’’ He says weather permitting, Delayed: The opening of Oamaru’s new court facility has been pushed back because of IT system installation delays. work should be complete this week. ‘‘Once IT systems are up and running, the building will be officially opened for business. Planning for the opening is under way and I hope to be able to confirm a date soon,’’ Borrows says. Oamaru’s new court facility is made up of three prefabricated buildings which were used as a temporary court facility in Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquake. A public waiting area, as well as areas for judges and staff, have been designed specifically for use in Oamaru. Oamaru District Court hearings are being held at the Oamaru Opera House. Oamaru’s original courthouse on Thames St, built in 1883, has been closed since late 2012 because of earthquake risks.
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