Mark was a pupil here for seven years in the 1970s – followed by a younger brother and two sisters. He recalls that growing up in Gore was uncomplicated in those days. Whatever the weather, you walked or biked to school; discipline was strict but fair and you knew where you stood. In the days before cyber bullying and drugs problems, you made your own entertainment with your friends – a bike and a fishing rod were all that was needed.
When he left St Peter’s, Mark went on to study pharmacy and after qualifying, worked in Auckland, before returning to the family business in Gore.
He has travelled widely, but still thinks that Gore is a great place to bring up a family – a caring community and an enviable environment. Mark makes the most of what is on offer here and in the surrounding areas, enjoying cycling and running, as well as skiing and other sports.
He still thinks there could be more recreational facilities in town that people could walk to, especially down by the river – perhaps a playground and barbeque area and riverside walk where families could picnic and relax together and enjoy their surroundings.
When he meets old friends from his schooldays, Mark says there is an instant bond and he enjoys keeping in touch with old classmates.
He didn’t have a particular career in mind as he went through school, but jokes that he started work in the pharmacy aged four, when his dad sent him up the chimney of the old pharmacy building to remove some bricks from the top. He was the only one small enough to go up and his dad wanted to prove to the council that the chimney wasn’t holding the whole building up and so could be removed.