Western Leader : December 14th 2010
5 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2010 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 13th Dec - Sun 19th Dec. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Pork Leg & Shoulder Roasts only8 kilo only5 $ .99 kilo Fresh Tegel Size 24 Chicken only14 $ .95 each ( plain or stu ed with cranberry and orange ) Fresh Pork Loin Chops That's a saving of $5.30kg o our everyday low price! It's the Mad Butcher's Fresh New Zealand Pork Christmas Sale! Mad Butcher Christmas Ham Range Whole or Half Cooked on the Bone Hams Only $8.99 kilo Semi Boned Cooked Champagne Hams Only $10.99 kilo Easy Carve Cooked Boneless Hams Only $12.99 kilo $ .99 Extra Large & Serves 9 Every Mad Butcher Store has a comprehensive range of Quality Mark NZ Beef & Lamb -- Fresh NZ Pork - Fresh Tegel Chicken and the World Famous Mad Butcher Sausages to cater for all of your Christmas & New Year meat requirements! IN BRIEF Cameras on The New Zealand Transport Agency has introduced webcams on motorways to help drivers plan their journey over the Christmas period. Eleven cameras have been installed along the southwestern motorway and follow the extension of the western ring route. Agency spokesman Tommy Parker says it will be particularly useful as more drivers use this route as an alternative to State Highway 1. ''The cameras deliver an important service to people by giving them the opportunity to avoid congestion and to have smoother and safer trips,'' he says. Funding opens Applications for funding in 2011 from United Way close on December 31. The independent organisation pulls together donations from individuals and businesses and distributes them to charities. Applications are open to small to medium- sized human welfare charities which focus on helping children and youth succeed; strengthen families; support the vulnerable and the elderly or promote wellness and self- sufficiency. Forms may be completed online at www.unitedway.org.nz. Call United Way on 377-2544 for more information. Mystery surrounds PM's father By MATTHEW GRAY War veteran: George Key is buried among returned service people at Waikumete Cemetery. Famous son: Prime Minister John Key. The remains of surgical appliance dealer George Ern- est Key lie at Waikumete Cemetery among veterans of two World Wars and various south-east Asian conflicts. But his legacy is very dif- ferent to those who rest alongside him. George Key, who died as an invalid in 1969, is the father of Prime Minister John Key. The pair were never close -- the older Key left the family when his son was just six or seven -- and precise bio- graphical information is hard to come by. But New Zealand Herald reporters working on pre- election stories about John Key in 2008 did manage to track down relatives in the UK who believe George may have fought in the Spanish Civil War. The prime minister's chief press secretary Kevin Taylor says there is no way his office can verify the claim and suggests its validity is doubted by some members of the New Zealand-based Keys. But the story -- be it true or false -- certainly adds to the mystery surrounding George's life. The war started in July 1936 after a military rebellion against the govern- ment under the leadership of President Manuel Azana. Around 500,000 people were killed in the ensuing struggle between rebels and the ultimately victorious nationalists. Their deaths and the battles that resulted in them captured international atten- tion -- spurred on by coverage from well-known figures like photo journalist Robert Capa and writer Ernest Hemingway. HowKey--thesonofa British plumber -- could have got involved is unclear but it is possible he served in one of various international mili- tary units made up of anti- fascist volunteers from a number of overseas countries. If so he was not alone. An estimated 2400 British men and women did the same over the course of the three- year skirmish. George reportedly returned home to the UK where he lived with his wife Beatrice and their two sons until mili- tary life beckoned once again. He is said to have served with the royal artillery and the intelligence corps during World War Two and again travelled back to the land of his birth and fresh changes as his marriage dissolved. The 34-year-old wed his second wife, Ruth Lazar, in Portsmouth on September 15, 1948, and eventually emigrated with their young daughter to New Zealand. Two more children were born in the years that fol- lowed -- another girl and a boy, John, in Auckland. But George's new stab at domestic bliss was no better than his first and he parted ways with his young family shortly before his death at the age of 52. His name may well have been largely forgotten with the passing of years -- another entry in the 80,000 or so listings in Waikumete registers. But the success of his youngest son has long since guaranteed him a place in history.
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