Northern News : February 29th 2012
6 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 NEWS TRUST AND ESTATE CLAIMS Jo Baguley Lawyer & Director He would turn in his grave - We understand the heartache of estate disputes Let Jo sort it The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz A rock to his family and community On passing: Ivan Vujcich came from a small village in Dalmatia with his parents to settle in Rawene. OBITUARY Ivan Vujcich, December 30, 1921 -- February 2, 2012 On February 2, 2012 Ivan Vujcich died and in passing has taken with him an irre- placeable something -- him- self. It can be said that a special part of the Hokianga and Kaikohe communities has been lost to us. He has been a solid rock to his wife Millie, his four chil- dren, Zorina, John, Peter, Yvonne -- and his 10 grand- children. Ivan was an academic, linguist, keen sportsman, contractor, farmer, builder, businessman, Christian and a dedicated, respected family man. Ivan migrated from Orah, Vrgorac, a small village in Dalmatia, when he was three with his parents Tony and Kate Vujcich, to settle in Rawene, Hokianga. Ivan began his schooling at seven years old at Rawene. He attended Auckland Teachers Training College and Auckland University. He gained his primary teacher s training certificate after two years and com- pleted most of his three-year bachelor of arts degree in just two years. He played rugby for the university and the story goes he played in the same team as Sir Fred Allen who went on to become an All Black and All Black coach. His first teaching job was at Kaeo but when his father contracted rheumatic fever, as the eldest son he was called back home to manage the family farm and look after his ailing parents and younger siblings. His brother described his loving service to his parents and siblings as faultless throughout his whole life. In his 20s Ivan bought a 1700 acre farm near Rawene and started dairy farming. The farm supplied most of the Rawene township with milk, until Ivan later switched to beef farming. In the late 1940s Ivan met Millie Grbavac from Masterton -- also a migrant from Orah. After many letters and a three-year courtship they married in June 1950 and settled in their own remodelled home in Rawene on the family farm. In 1952 Ivan seized the opportunity to create cash flow through contracting and bought a D4 Caterpillar bull- dozer. His skills as a driver were appreciated by local farmers and the Hokianga County Council was also quick to engage his contrac- ting services. Over the next 10 years he improved and created many of the roads in the Hokianga. He strived to do all he did to the best of his abilities. He had many talents and always looked ahead for opportun- ities or solutions to problems. He made roads, dams, opened quarries, managed the farm, built and remod- elled houses. Some of Ivan s building work can be seen today in the beautiful timber ceiling and walls inside the Kaikohe Catholic Church. He was tireless in his work ethic. He addressed the problems of slippage, cattle bogging, and erosion by planting willows in farm run-off streams and by planting pine trees on the steeper farm ridges. He grew his own pine seedlings and was one of the first farmers to see the opportunities of farm forestry in the Hokianga. He tackled and solved diffi- cult engineering problems that county engineers could not solve when he reclaimed hundreds of acres of mud- flats for farming. Ivan was also an astute businessman, and to mitigate the risk associated with the United Kingdom entry to the EU he bought land in Whangarei and built its first supermarket. It was at this time that Ivan and Millie moved to Kaikohe, not only reducing travel time, but also for their children s secondary schooling at Northland Col- lege. In Kaikohe Ivan was involved in farming, in run- ning the supermarket and helping Millie plant her large market garden. He remained in the Kaikohe district. He was involved in local golf and bowling clubs and often brought home tournament prizes. He had a passion for math- ematics and even as an adult he would spend time on mathematical problems for the mental challenge and sheer delight in finding the solution. As he grew older he appreciated good literature and loved to read the classics, memorise poetry and write. The written word was a life-long passion of his. One significant aspect of Ivan s life was his life-long fight for social justice and fairness to all people. He was particularly concerned with the unnecessary financial burdens placed on many which favour only a privi- leged few. He wrote exten- sively on how to solve this problem. From his youth he expressed this in written letters to prime ministers, Members of Parliament, through public speeches, letters to newspapers and to anyone who would care to listen to his monetary reform solutions. Ivan lived a life which reflected his personal faith in Jesus Christ -- a humble man, who loved his wife, family, and fellow man -- a man who would give to others rather than get for himself -- a man who will be deeply missed by his family and those who knew him. Excerpt from his booklet I Would That My Tongue Could Utter. The meanest of men no less are men than the greatest are; And the greatest truly but men, as the meanest, but men again. Thus, that common heri- tage, death, And which is ours by right of birth, Gives ustheequalright. . . To Live! Waipapa Lions say thanks for a great day Top flight: The helicopter run by Twin Coast Helicopters was a great drawcard with people lining up for a ride. Waipapa & Districts Lions Club held another successful Family Fun Day with more than 600 people attending. The weather was great and everyone had a wonderful time. This was a day of fun for families in the north, with children and parents enjoying a day out with stalls, races and entertain- ment for everyone to enjoy. The helicopter run by Twin Coast Helicopters was again a great drawcard, with people lining up for a ride. The $350 of petrol was won by Quinton Hita from Ohaeawai. A large number of children entered the colouring-in com- petition again this year. Waipapa Lions are grateful to their sponsors who made the day a success. Twin Coast Helicopters, BP New Zealand, BP Kerikeri, Makana, New World Kerikeri, McDonald s, St John Kerikeri, Olivado NZ, The Warehouse, Living Nature, Countdown, The Pear Tree, Carters, Fire- stone, Dundee Interiors, The Black Olive, McFadziens Pharmacy, Siteworx, Ware- house Staionery, East West Waste, Silver Sound, and Pete Gentil of BOI MoreFM. Entertainers who gave their time on the day include Farasha Belly Dancers, B J Rogers Magician, Mirage Band, Waipapa Lions Dancers and Taylah & Nick. The event will be an annual day for families, so look out for the advertising for next year and come along and have some fun as a fam- ily.Next year the club is look- ing at having more free activities for the children to do.If anyone is interested in being involved with Lions as a member or even a helper for some of the clubs projects you can call Kenny on 405-9674 or Marian 407-5445.
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