Long-time community servant had love of people

Last updated 05:00 18/03/2014
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LONG SERVICE: Jenny Rayne, who died last month, had a lifelong love of the Mackenzie District.

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Former Mackenzie District councillor and prominent community servant Jenny Rayne has died. She was 76.

A service was held for Mrs Rayne at the Mackenzie Community Centre late last month.

She served on the Mackenzie District Council from 1986 to 2001. She was one of the first women elected to the council and was the highest-polling elected member in four elections.

Before her time as a councillor, Mrs Rayne helped launch a fundraising drive for the Mackenzie Community Centre.

In 1984, she compiled a recipe book with the help of Margaret Dore, Wendy Weir and Bev Garrow, Mackenzie Muster "A Century of Favourites", with all proceeds going to build a community centre. By 1989, 18,000 copies had been printed and $80,000 donated towards the centre's construction.

A sequel, Mackenzie Roundup: More of our favourites was produced, with all funds raised from book sales invested in the Mackenzie District Education Trust. The interest from these funds now goes towards sending a local teenager to the Anakiwa Outward Bound course each year.

Mrs Rayne's son, Alistair, said his mother was a woman of "boundless enthusiasm".

"For her, everything was done at 100 miles per hour. Mum believed anything was possible. She lived her entire life here [in the Mackenzie District], she loved the people; loved the mountains," he said.

For over a decade Mrs Rayne ran Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes. When she finally stopped working in January, she was managing 30 houses. Mr Rayne said she sold the business to her niece Carol, and was "very happy the business was staying in the family".

"If Jenny Rayne had time for a hobby - it was people. Without doubt it is Jenny Rayne's love of people and the district she served that provided the driving force behind her enthusiasm for the Mackenzie country," Mr Rayne said.

Mrs Rayne also served as a trustee on Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust and was a former member of the Aoraki Business Development Board.

She is survived by her husband Peter, her four children and 13 grandchildren.

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- The Timaru Herald

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