Civic awards honour volunteers

Volunteers thanked and rewarded for their selfless efforts.

Volunteers thanked and rewarded for their selfless efforts.

VOLUNTEERS ALL: These people were honoured at the Citizens Civic Awards Ceremony yesterday for the hours and years they have given the community as volunteers. Mayor Meng Foon said they were special people who gave unselfishly for the benefit of all. Photo by Liam Clayton

A COMMUNITY can die without the efforts of volunteers, Frederick Smith told the audience as he accepted his Civic Award at the Lawson Field Theatre yesterday morning.

The 76-year-old was one of 13 people and one group who received recognition for their community efforts across a wide range of services — sports clubs, music, children, hospital care, palliative care, Alzheimer’s support, cancer and car-seat safety to name just a few.

“I’ve always said whatever you put into this community, you always get it back. If people don’t put something into a community, the community dies. I beg everyone to help out,” said Mr Smith, who was honoured for his years of contribution to Poverty Bay Rugby and to Community Patrol New Zealand Gisborne.

His whole family was there to support him, with many travelling from Tauranga to be there for the big day and his birthday last Friday.

The Citizens Civic Award ceremony was led by Mayor Meng Foon and a selection panel of six, including deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz and councillors Pat Seymour, Josh Wharehinga and Meredith Akuhata-Brown.

Husband and wife Gavin Maclean and Catherine MacDonald were each honoured with an award for their services to music. Mr Maclean performed an impromptu of O Sole Mio after he accepted his award.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui received a merit certificate for their work with helping young people connect with their culture. The large group of about 15 young people also performed on stage.

Mr Foon saluted everyone for their tireless work for the region.

“The statistics might not be good but Gisborne is a caring community. We do have a lot of love and a lot to give.
“With everyone pooling their skills and time together to give, it makes a big difference to everyone.”

Mr Foon said it was a delight to read the application and nomination forms as they came through.

“It’s amazing the hours, years and commitment that people give. From cups of tea, putting up chairs and all the things that come with being a volunteer.

“We also thank your family and friends who support you.”

Others who received a civic award were Helen Swan, Mary Bayley, Karangawai Kururangi, Pru Roberts, Arish Naresh, Alison Ross, Maureen Potroz and Norma Hooks. Phillip Paniani and Brian Cochrane each received a merit certificate.

A COMMUNITY can die without the efforts of volunteers, Frederick Smith told the audience as he accepted his Civic Award at the Lawson Field Theatre yesterday morning.

The 76-year-old was one of 13 people and one group who received recognition for their community efforts across a wide range of services — sports clubs, music, children, hospital care, palliative care, Alzheimer’s support, cancer and car-seat safety to name just a few.

“I’ve always said whatever you put into this community, you always get it back. If people don’t put something into a community, the community dies. I beg everyone to help out,” said Mr Smith, who was honoured for his years of contribution to Poverty Bay Rugby and to Community Patrol New Zealand Gisborne.

His whole family was there to support him, with many travelling from Tauranga to be there for the big day and his birthday last Friday.

The Citizens Civic Award ceremony was led by Mayor Meng Foon and a selection panel of six, including deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz and councillors Pat Seymour, Josh Wharehinga and Meredith Akuhata-Brown.

Husband and wife Gavin Maclean and Catherine MacDonald were each honoured with an award for their services to music. Mr Maclean performed an impromptu of O Sole Mio after he accepted his award.

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui received a merit certificate for their work with helping young people connect with their culture. The large group of about 15 young people also performed on stage.

Mr Foon saluted everyone for their tireless work for the region.

“The statistics might not be good but Gisborne is a caring community. We do have a lot of love and a lot to give.
“With everyone pooling their skills and time together to give, it makes a big difference to everyone.”

Mr Foon said it was a delight to read the application and nomination forms as they came through.

“It’s amazing the hours, years and commitment that people give. From cups of tea, putting up chairs and all the things that come with being a volunteer.

“We also thank your family and friends who support you.”

Others who received a civic award were Helen Swan, Mary Bayley, Karangawai Kururangi, Pru Roberts, Arish Naresh, Alison Ross, Maureen Potroz and Norma Hooks. Phillip Paniani and Brian Cochrane each received a merit certificate.

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