Transmission Gully ‘fighter’ spent final years looking away as farm was ‘cut up’

 

PHOTO: LEO COONEY – Transmission Gully, road works looking north from Pauatahanui past Battle Hill towards Paekākāriki.

The man who sold his 400 hectare sheep run for the northern end of Transmission Gully has died – spending his final years turned away from the sight of his farm’s destruction.

John Perkins died, aged 82, from heart problems in Palmerston North Hospital surrounded by family and friends on January 21.

They were laughing at family recollections when they turned and saw he had passed, daughter Natasha Perkins said.

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