Parade honours Games stars

By Peter de Graaf

Northland's first Olympic medallist in 16 years will be welcomed home with a parade through Kerikeri tomorrow.

Silver-medal-winning 49er sailors Blair Tuke of Kerikeri and his teammate, Peter Burling, of Tauranga will be joined by Andrew Murdoch of Kerikeri, who finished a creditable fifth in the laser class.

The tickertape parade starts at Woodlands Motel, opposite Kerikeri Retirement Village, at 12.45pm then travels up Kerikeri Rd and turns into Cobham Rd.

Vehicles will park at the basketball court while pedestrians make their way to the grandstand, where the sailors will be welcomed by the Kerikeri High School kapa haka group and Far North Mayor Wayne Brown. Tuke and Murdoch have both been invited to speak.

Among those expected to attend are Tuke's parents, Andy and Karin, and Burling's Kerikeri-based grandparents, Bruce and Judith. Murdoch's parents, Jim and Claire, don't get home until next week but other family members will take part, as will legendary sailing coach Derry Godbert, who is credited with giving Tuke and Murdoch their start in sailing.

The parade, organised by business owners Lynda Hurley and David Keen with help from the Far North District Council, will feature an army cadet flagbearer and marching ladies.

- Northern Advocate

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