Six of the best

Brian Stannard’s pou is to his right – and his son’s Shane’s is directly opposite.

Te Awamutu’s 13-year-old walk of fame now requires a few more steps.

Pou acknowledging six new additions to the walk, opened in 2013, were unveiled at Selwyn Park today. The additions were announced in July.

See: Waipa’s new seven of the best

Pou for Heather Morris, Shane and Brian Stannett, John Nicholson, Jason Wynyard and Michael Williams take the total to 34 – and they include Graham Jamieson, Katherine O’Regan, Rewi Maniapoto, Neil and Tim Finn, Philip Tataurangi and Grant Hammond.

Inductees must have been born in or around Te Awamutu, or achieved their notable success as a resident.

The ceremony began an hour after The New went to press – so we asked Brian Stannett to check out the walk ahead of time.

He and son Shane have been recognised for their contribution to wrestling.

“It was a “hell of a honour” for him, the sport and the Te Awamutu wrestling club and its people, he said.

Father and son will also hope the publicity will be a boost for the club, which has been pinned down by the impact of the Covid pandemic.

John Nicholson, from Kihikihi, is honoured for his work in the equestrian world, Jason Wynyard (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngapuhi) is a world renowned competitive axeman, Michael Williams is acknowledged for his work as a composer, and Pirongia-born Heather Morris – whose induction was announced three years ago – wrote the best-selling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

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