The Anglican Parish of Masterton
Associate Priest - Rev Merv Jones, St Alban's at Taueru
Priest Assistant - Rev Liz Greville, St Andrew's in the Paddock and St Francis at Bideford
Priest Assistant (retired) - Rev Ted Dashfield
Edwin O'Hara - Bishop's Warden / Treasurer / Admin, Finance
I was born in Masterton and raised on the family sheep and beef cattle farm “Omega”. Education started in the tiny Ngaumu school (5 pupils) and continued at Wairarapa College and Massey University. I took over the farm management after the accidental death of my father in 1965 and raised sheep and beef cattle for 25 years.
A back accident forced me to look at alternative employment and the fledgling computer industry gave me an opportunity for a couple of years before working for the Government as Executive for the Regional Development Council. This was later to become the Business Development Centre.
During this period extramural studies enabled me to complete accounting and business management qualifications. I spent the last 14 years in full time employment with the Wairarapa Building Society as Customer Services Manager.
I am married to Marie and we have 3 adult girls and two grandchildren.
In retirement I keep busy with accounting and computer work for small businesses, non profit organisations and clubs. Currently I am the Parish treasure, Vestry member and Bishop’s Warden. Life is not dull!
People's Warden / Outreach, Future-Proofing the Church
Vestry (Anglican Parish of Masterton, St Matthew's)