Western Leader : October 25th 2011
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Session times are: Thursday 10 November 5pm - 8pm Friday 11 November 9am - 12pm Saturday 12 November 9am - 12pm 38085A Waikumete dead last in public eyes Waikumete Cemetery has come last in a survey of public opinion on three public cemeteries in Auckland. But it still scored a respectable 77 percent in terms of customer satis- faction. The Auckland Council sent a mystery customer to North Shore Memorial Park, Manukau Mem- orial Gardens and Waikumete Cemetery and Crematorium and surveyed visitors to the cemeteries. This included people considering burials or cremations, funeral directors, ministers and celebrants. It was to gauge how the public and other users of the cemeteries view our range of services such as our facilities, staff interac- tion and customer ser- vice levels,'' Waikumete Cemetery and Crema- torium manager Daniel Sales says. We wanted to ascer- tain what we do well and the areas we need to focus on to improve our service to the com- munity.'' North Shore Memorial Park scored the best with 100 percent of visitors expressing satis- faction. Waikumete is the oldest of the three ceme- teries. Mr Sales says the test was carried out in May and June. We benchmarked this survey against Purewa Cemetery, which is pri- vately run, and had some excellent results across a wide spectrum of areas,'' he says. It was important to gauge how the public and funeral directors currently see us and identify how we can move forward and improve.'' The customer also sought funeral advice from the three ceme- teries. The council report shows a few short- comings were uncovered. While the service pro- vided to a prospective customer seeking funeral advice was empathetic and helpful, the quality of the written infor- mation was patchy and often lacked council identity and there are inexplicable differences in the costs of catering across the cemeteries,'' the council report states. Mr Sales says staff at Waikumete Cemetery have already been work- ing to improve its ser- vice. Over a number of years we have improved the levels of service at Waikumete including a new cremator, refurb- ished chapels, new sound systems, machinery and the renovation of the his- toric Chapel of Faith in the Oaks. Other systems and processes will be improved across ceme- teries Auckland wide, to ensure accessing cem- etery services can be done with ease.'' Young teacher lost Respected teacher: The grave of Peter Steel at Waikumete Cemetery. By MATTHEW GRAY Peter Gillies Steel al- ways seemed destined for a teaching career. He was an outstanding student at the Tararu School in Thames and one of two pupils whose marks won them college scholarships in 1881. The achievement made the news pages of the Thames Star, which said Peter and fellow pupil William Hall were a credit to the district. Peter trained to be a teacher six years later and married Mary Jane Bird in 1890. His first son William was born within a year while he was teaching at Te Puke and a second, David, followed in 1893. Peter was approached soon after by the Edu- cation Department and offered a post at the isolated settlement of Mangamaunu near Kaikoura where the Maori population had petitioned the govern- ment to reopen a small school closed a few years earlier. A fluctuating roll and high absenteeism led to the original closure but Ngai Tahu tribal rep- resentatives were calling for a rethink: It is a cause of great grief and reproach to us to see our children grow- ing to manhood without any education,'' they said in a letter to Southern Maori Electorate MP Tame Parata. You are our father and in the knowledge of your great love for us we ask you to remove this great sorrow and re- proach from us; for your children are melting away like the snow in spring time, from the lookers on mountains, and in knowledge, only can our children find sal- vation, for their race. We therefore humbly pray our father, in his love for his children, will at once have a native school opened at Manga- maunu.'' Peter and his family arrived in 1894 on a trial basis and quickly gained the confidence of the Maori community. Classroom attendance remained unstable, espe- cially when bad weather and a rising river cut off access to the school for some families. But the records of those who did make it to school improved con- siderably over the next three years. Peter's employers were impres- sed enough to promote him to the role of master at the Raukokore Native School in the Bay of Plenty and he took up the post in 1897. But his time there was short-lived. On a visit to Auckland, Peter was admitted to hospital with a horribly infected toe. It was amputated but he died a few days later on May 30, aged 31. His friends at Manga- maunu were grief-strick- en when they heard the news and sent their writ- ten condolences to the Steel family. Peter's widow married John McGhie in 1911 and settled at Paengaroa where she died in 1935. Both of the Steel sons served overseas in World War One and came home to farm at Te Puke. David died in 1968 and William in 1973. Mangamaunu School closed in 1922.
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