it doesn’t seem that long ago'.
Only 5 months after their first meeting at Fischers The Jeweller Michael and Christine were married on March 2nd 1965. ‘Once we got married, things changed quite a lot in my life… because I had a partner, I had a soul mate, I had someone I could confide in.’
Michael remembers the first time he saw Christine, 'It’s amazing, it doesn’t seem that long ago'. 'I was standing outside my uncles shop, Fischers The Jeweler in Whangarei, and a girl came past and went into the shop...she had dark, wild, curly hair and an English suit on, black & white check. I thought, that’s a beautiful looking girl.’
Christine was there to have a pendant repaired and completely ignored Michael’s attempt to get her attention, ‘I don’t know, I just didn’t talk to strange men..!’.
But it wasn’t until their second encounter several days later that Christine even noticed Michael. ‘I was at the Whangarei squash court. We were upstairs, waiting for our game & looking down at the court below… and my goodness there she was, Christine Roe, playing squash. I couldn’t believe it! I got so excited I jumped up and my glasses fell off!’ To this day, Christine contends he dropped them on purpose to get her attention, ‘People’s glasses don’t fall off. You must have dropped them on the court!’.
A few short months after their first date, on Christmas Eve, Michael asked for Christine’s hand in marriage with a custom made dark purple amethyst and diamond ring. It came as a shock to Christine, ‘I was a bit scared to wear it – it was a bit flashy for me, I hadn’t been used to wearing much jewellery‘.
I’d like to do the whole thing again ...really. Right from the beginning.
Now, 50 years on, when asked if there was anything she would change, Christine laughs, ‘I’d like to do the whole thing again ...really. Right from the beginning. I mean who wouldn’t. We’ve had some pretty special times over the years. …50 years together you have some pretty exciting times’.
Reflecting on why they’ve stayed together all this time Michael enthuses, ‘We do everything together. I think really that’s one of the secrets of a long marriage is that one keeps doing the same things that drew you together in the beginning…’.
We do everything together.