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Five Manawatu residents will receive Kiwibank
Local Heroes Medals in March, recognising
their contributions to the community.
They are Philippa Williamson, Shane Briggs,
Liz Smith and Aaron Cruden, all of Palmerston
North, and Feilding's Shona Jones.
Mrs Williamson has been co-ordinating the
New Zealand office of New Hope Christian Min-
istries for more than 10 years. The voluntary
organisation sponsors hundreds of children and
supports communities in poor countries. She
works unpaid from 10 to 20 hours per week.
Mrs Williamson recently spent six months in
Johannesburg volunteering in an orphanage.
Shane Briggs and Liz Smith are duty team
leaders for Yellow and Blue shifts respectively,
for the Palmerston North Rescue Emergency
Support Team. They have been a part of the
volunteer technical rescue/civil defence response
agency for more than 10 years. In the past year
alone they have together committed 600 hours
of unpaid service to their community and their
team, including involvement in the New Zea-
land response to the flooding in Queensland and
the Christchurch earthquakes.
All Black Aaron Cruden needs no introduc-
tion. The Manawatu-born and bred sportsman
has represented the Manawatu Turbos since
His award citation said Cruden had stayed
true to the team by rising to the challenges of
captaincy and sticking with the team through
the bad times and the good''.
He fought testicular cancer in 2009 and has
since been involved in events to raise funds for
others fighting cancer and to raise awareness of
Shona Jones was recognised for her work as
secretary and administrator of the Hunterville
Huntaway Festival, a role she has held for five
years. During her 10 years in Hunterville, Mrs
Jones was involved in many community activi-
ties, including instigating and organising Carols
The 147 Local Hero recipients will receive
their medals at 15 ceremonies nationwide.
Bridal couple arrive in handcuffs
takes on the
role of police
driving his new
in an old
patrol car, part
By LAURA WALTERS
A Palmerston North woman and her
Brazilian fiance have been tried for
stealing each other's hearts.
Rebecca McLeay and Marcus
Braga's day of reckoning for their
theft was their wedding, also known
as the stolen hearts trial''.
The couple married on January 3
in a picturesque Aokautere garden,
with the reception held in
Aokautere School hall.
The day was set out like a trial for
the two heart thieves''.
The idea was the couple had
stolen each other's hearts and were
on the run but had finally been
captured and brought to trial.
Mrs Braga said everyone
embraced the theme, especially
marriage celebrant Ray Cooper who
dressed in a judge's wig and cloak,
and kept in character throughout
He called upon the accused'' and
the foreman of the jury'' to deliver
their testimonies and verdict.
The bride and groom arrived in
handcuffs and were shackled
together at the end of the ceremony.
The shackles stayed on through-
out the afternoon tea that followed,
and were not taken off until the
One idea just grew to another,''
Mrs Braga said.
We really wanted our wedding to
tell the story of our life.''
The themed wedding started with
the invitations which were in the
style of an old newspaper and con-
tinued right through to the recep-
tion, where the guests went behind
a screen to have their mugshot''
But possibly the most noteworthy
part of the day was the use of an old
Ministry of Transport patrol car as
the wedding vehicle.
The vehicle came from the collec-
tion at the International Police
Museum in Dannevirke and was
used to escort the bride and groom
for the day.
There was a hiccup at the start of
the day when the car's battery died
while bringing Mr Braga to the cer-
But with some jumper leads, and
a few helping hands, everything was
back on track pretty quickly.
Mr Braga arrived just a little late
with sirens blaring and handcuffs
on.Museum owner Bruce Lyon said
the start of the day was stressful,
but everything went well from
Mr Lyon and his wife Maureen
established the museum in Danne-
virke in 2010 but it was the first
time they had been asked to use
their vehicles for something like
this. I hadn't really thought about
it until this one.''
Mr Lyon said there could be a
market for the use of his old police
vehicles at weddings and funerals.
The museum had five vehicles,
including a dog van, and an Amer-
ican Kawasaki motorbike.
Mr Lyon, a former police officer,
said hiring his cars out for events
would bring in a few extra dollars as
the museum was costly to run.
The Bragas were thrilled with the
police car and Mrs Braga said they
had received a lot of feedback about
their unique wedding.
The newlyweds were travelling to
the South Island before heading
back to live in Brazil, the place
where they captured each other's
To find out more about Dannevirke's
International Police Museum visit
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