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R.I.P. Pinetree

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An absolute legend of the game who rose above his legendary status as a rugby player and stood astride the NZ & global stage as a truly great human being.

Humble, modest, kind, generous with his time, he was everything that made NZ great in his era.

The mighty "Tree" has fallen, he'll be sadly missed by so many.

RIP Sir Pinetree.

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a real shame. As Midget pointed out, a humble hero, who probably wasn't comfortable being treated as a hero. Was happy to chat with anyone regardless of their background, and in addition, had a very dry wit. The country will miss him.

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One of Colin's first winners as an owner was the filly Colvern. He raced her with his friend Don Burton. They had played together in the 1947 King Country Roller Mills team. Colvern was named after their wives Colleen and Verna. Colvern won the Sylvia Handicap for 2 yr old fillies at Ellerslie on 1/1/81. Trained by Graham Pepper at Te Awamutu and ridden by Phillip Alderman she won from Pardon Me and Ken Reggett and Penfield and Peter Tims. She paid $25.65. Invited to the Presidents Room for a celebratory drink Colin resplendent in a South African Safari suit was refused admission to the room by the doorman. Not one to make a fuss Colin forked out $5 from his massive punt on the filly and hired a tie from the officious doorman!

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