Wednesday June 28, 2017
Respects paid to top dog trainer at New Zealand Kennel Club By Dave Crampton Barry Monaghan
Student achievement At the most recent Wainuiomata Community Board meeting, Parau Tupangaia of Ariki Consulting presented on the development of an analytics product to and raise the achievement level of students. Student achievement in Wainuiomata had been declining, he said, and parents were losing confidence, and sending their children to schools outside of Wainuiomata. Mr Tupangaia noted central government completed research in January 2016 which
identified four key risk factors in student achievement: child abuse or neglect, children who had been supported by benefits for more than three quarters of their life, either parent had been in prison, and the mother held no formal qualifications. They had identified 330 local children with two or more of these risk factors. He said they would likely establish a Social Investment Board in Wainuiomata and asked members to consider stakeholders who could be included on the board.
A well-known top dog trainer, Barry Monaghan, initially from Wainuiomata, passed away on June 13. Barry lived in Eastbourne until his death. He was 82. Barry had been involved in dog shows nationwide since 1962, was a judge from 1964. He was also a founding member of the Wainuiomata Allbreeds Dog Obedience Club. The club has more recently changed its name to Wainuiomata Dog Training Club to better describe services to dog training. Barry was a member of the club until his death, was an active member for the past 40 years and was made a life member for services to the club. He has held many positions within the club, from instructor to president. The club started in 1977 with weekend classes being held in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre carpark in the weekend, where Barry could be seen with his large german shepherd. Roy, named
after Roy Orbison. Barry was a huge Roy Orbison fan. Barry was also an obedience judge for more than 50 years, rising to the highest levels and judging at the National Dog show all over New Zealand. His funeral was held at the New Zealand Kennel Club in Elsdon on June 20, attended by family and dog world friends, with recollections of a loud welcoming fellow with a warm heart, wicked sense of humour and a memorable whistle. Rebecca George, who has known Barry since the late 1970’s said others present to farewell Barry were members of the New Zealand Kennel Club executive and from the New Zealand Police. Barry was used on many occasions by the New Zealand Police Force to judge Police Dog Obedience Trials. “The general consensus was that Barry had truly lived his life. He left a small piece of himself with each of us, but still leaves behind a hole. He will be remembered but also missed.”
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Wainuiomata News 28-06-17