• Mark Montgomery

    I had the pleasure of living in Maungakaramea for the last 20+ years and met Jo and Mark early on. We had a shared link through firefighting as she had grown up on fire stations in Dunedin and Christchurch when her father Frank was Chief Fire Officer there.
    I chaired the Mid-Western Community Association and through it we launched (with Wayne Deeming) the tangihua times (https://www.tangihuatimes.co.nz/) and which Jo edited for a number of years.
    I visited her at home only a couple of weeks before she died. The Maungakaramea Voluntary Rural Fire Force were asked if they could transport Jo’s coffin (beautifully painted by Chris Wilkie) from the Maungakaramea Hall to the cemetery.
    Your article allows me to see other aspects of her life and work and I thank for that.
    Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2016
  • Des Cotman

    Hi Maria,
    Until I found your article, I did not know Jo had died. That leaves Whangarei’s vibrant colour a little paler in every way. I heard she painted a Quarry dungeon work and with that building now gone, I wish I could view that. I have visited the Quarry again for the first time in 18 years and learnt more about the place and my own relationship to it.

    June 25, 2018
    • Theresa Sjoquist

      Good to hear from you, Des.

      June 26, 2018

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