It is with much sadness that we note the passing of former resident and ORRA Life Member Bruce Collier. Bruce was a beloved and respected member of the community who made countless contributions to the people and environment of the area during his life, such as building the walkway bridging the hairpin bend opposite his house and the many benches and sitting spots dotted around Opoutere. So much so that the inlet and reserve near his former house has become known informally as “Bruce’s Bay”.
His famous yellow benches at the beach entrance carry small plaques for both Bruce and his late wife Esmae (also pictured above), and have been recently repainted up by Val and Tom Herbert. From there, with the sweeping view of the beach, it’s a wonderful place to take a moment to honour and remember them both.
ORRA sends its condolences and warmest regards to Susan and the Collier family.