Memories flow at family reunion

Momentous occasion: The official ribbon-cutting, from left, Jos Dippie, Graham Wade, Myra Higgs, Teresa Smith, Harry Higgs, Pearl Smith
Momentous occasion: The official ribbon-cutting, from left, Jos Dippie, Graham Wade, Myra Higgs, Teresa Smith, Harry Higgs, Pearl Smith

The Lot-Smith reunion over the weekend attracted family members from as far afield as Australia, as well as from all over New Zealand, and all who came were pleased they had made the effort with a great weekend had by the whole family.

More than 200 people attended the reunion, held at the Memorial Hall, to share stories and look at old family photographs. The hall was adorned with farming memorabilia and floral arrangements, in recognition of the family's gardening prowess over the years.

Games were put on for the children, as well as a wood-chopping display by third generation wood-chopper Jody Smith. Many people also went out to visit the old family farm at Hapuku, which is still in the family.

The Lot-Smith family have a solid history in logging, their grandfather arriving in his early 20s around the turn of the century to work at the Brunel sawmill. He went on to marry a family member of the Brunels, having six children before his wife died because of complications with childbirth while having twins. He went on to remarry, and had a further six children.

Gwenda Smith, who organised the reunion, said of the 12 children only two remain, so she wanted to make sure the family got together while they were still able to take part.

Kaikoura Star