Kapiti Observer : January 5th 2012
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 WAIKANAE LIONS SUPER GARDEN TRAIL, 10am till 5pm, also Sunday, $15/day, under-15s free. Investing in smart futures Best known locally as a benefactor to community efforts supporting children, including founding the Levin Adventure Park, Collis Blake talks to reporter Tanya Wood about his support of farmers during the mortgagee sales of the 1980s and why he's still contributing. Community stalwart: Collis Blake reflects on the tough times of the 1980s and, more recently, improving opportunities for children in his district. At the age of 80, Collis Blake has learnt that money is useful, but that s all it is . The former Horowhenua farmer led the protest against the 1980 farm mortgagee sales, when inter- est rates peaked at 20 per cent, and many farming families were left with little more than the clothes they were standing in. Deciding to go to Palmerston North one morning to stop a sale, by standing outside the venue and telling people going in not to bid, he was joined by five like-minded people. It was the beginnings of the Provincial Support Group, which developed political and financial connections to provide help for hundreds of farmers in dire financial straits. Mr Blake said the relationships he built with bank and govern- ment staff in those days were fas- cinating. I could get to [Prime Minister] David Lange within 20 minutes of a phone call from the head of a bank. Eventually, when banks had a difficult situation -- referring to the 70-odd farmers facing bank- ruptcy he knew of who took their lives at the time -- they would come to us to handle it, he said. Once we caught a guy walking out to sea and brought him back, and for 18 months, the suicides came over my desk one a week. The worst day was three, and the biggest gap was three weeks until it got the better of me and I just said I never want to hear of another suicide. I think I learnt in those days money is useful, and that s all it is. He said his family has been lucky over the years, despite losing money in the 1930s depression. We know about hard times, and I had carefulness drummed into me as a youngster, but we ve been lucky in how we ve managed over the years, and not made many mistakes. There was a period during the 1980s when Mr Blake and wife Helen were feeding a lot of people . It wasn t cheap. The budget I ran was $1000 a week for five years, I suppose, but we seldom managed to keep to it. Mr Blake, made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to farming and the community in the 2000 Queen s Birthday Honours, said the Gov- ernment came reasonably right in the end , but he has little patience with the slow grinding of wheels of political bodies. I can rant and rave but as [wife] Helen says, we re getting past it now . In November, his efforts were recognised by admission to the Kapiti-Horowhenua Electra Busi- ness Awards Hall of Fame, for supporting community initiatives helping children for more than 25 years. Mr and Mrs Collis, of Levin, are probably best known regionally for funding Levin Adventure Playground. The park develop- ment required 600 tonnes of sand, yet the rules governing the removal of sand from beaches for personal use was only five cubic metres of sand per person, per year, he said. On the basis you can bend rules but you don t break them if you can help it , Mr Blake arranged for a digger, and every truck and driver in Levin to col- lect their personal five cubic metres of sand, and donate it to the park. Well that only got us a third of the way, but it was school holidays so we sent out any kids we could find for a ride out to the beach, and they brought back their five cubic metres, and we got enough. The couple s latest project was the purchase of a house next to a Levin college, turning it into a medical centre for students, and supporting the ongoing cost of a part-time doctor. The venture has proved so suc- cessful, the couple are funding a purpose-built annexe for quit smoking and other programmes. You don t get much pleasure looking at a bank balance, he said. The kids are our future and we ve largely looked after kids. And we ve had a lot of fun along the way. Council moving Kapiti Coast District Council holds its first meet- ing of the year on January 26 in temporary chambers at Meadows Church on Mazengarb Rd, Paraparaumu. The 12-month upgrade of the Rimu Rd headquarters starts in February. Council staff move to the former Whitireia cam- pus at Lindale in January and the customer ser- vice team moves to the former Dick Smith shop at Kapiti Lights. Community board meetings begin on January 31 in Paekakariki.
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