The Waihi community suffered a tragic loss 19 years ago today.
Douglas Takerata Pourau, 44, of Waihi died when his 90-tonne truck plunged 45m down the wall of the Martha goldmine at 1.30pm on Monday, 26 June, 2000 (19 years ago today). He was working for MacMahon Contractors, a company contracted by Waihi Gold Mining Company to run the Waihi mine.
Douglas was a committed community man who went the extra mile to help others.
Douglas was President of the Waihi Community Marae, Chairman of the region’s Maori wardens, a volunteer fireman, father, husband, friend and genuinely liked and respected by everyone who met him. Still loved and missed forever by family and friends.
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