Lorraine and Vince Hardaker have been good friends for more than 65 years.
The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage yesterday.
Mrs Hardaker said she met her future husband about five years before they were married when Mr Hardaker was a friend of her brothers.
“I met Lorraine by going home with her brothers after rugby,” Mr Hardaker said.
Sometimes Mrs Hardaker would drive her brothers and Mr Hardaker home from the hotel.
“I ended up the sober driver because in those days women didn’t go into pubs,” Mrs Hardaker said.
“She was a happy, lovely person – she still is,” Mr Hardaker said.
The couple say they have not had a serious row during the 60 years.
“We haven’t had many arguments so we must be suited,” Mr Hardaker said.
Give and take was important in a relationship which was one of the secrets of a long marriage, they said.
“We’ve always been friends,” Mr Hardaker said.
“When you get married you commit to being married,” Mrs Hardaker said.
Both enjoyed playing sport and nowadays watched sport on television. Mr Hardaker spent 25 years as Longford Intermediate’s first deputy principal. The couple received cards from Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy congratulating them on the milestone.
The couple have three children, all of whom are in Gore.