Sean Wakelin knows how to explain to your 8-year-old son why someone would want to shoot a police officer.
When news of the death of Constable Matthew Hunt reverberated around New Zealand, 8-year-old Coby from Taupō asked his father why someone would want to do this? A man of action, Sean said the question got him thinking.
"Was I content to just live in a community or did I want to be a part of the community?," said Sean.
The former chef and restaurateur decided to make this a learning experience for his children Coby and Maya, 6, and to give them a first hand demonstration about how important it is to be involved in your community and the importance of thinking of others.
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He said he could teach his children about making the right life choices, or at the very least teach them to avoid making wrong life choices.
"On the back of that I came up with the idea of 'Operation Kikorangi Kai'. A good wholesome Friday night dinner for police officers on the Friday late shift.'"
Sean said the ingredients were donated by local businesses he approached and then with help from Coby and Maya 50 meals were prepared at home and delivered to the Taupō police station.
He said he wanted to show the local police force that their community appreciates what police do for us every day, in tough times as well as good.