Two more nominations for Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards

Richard 'Buck' Rogers and Peter Tupara.

Richard 'Buck' Rogers and Peter Tupara.

Richard “Buck” Rogers.
Pete Tupara

Buck 'integral' to hockey community

Poverty Bay Hockey has nominated Richard “Buck” Rogers for the Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards.

Mr Richards is an integral member of the Poverty Bay Hockey community and has been a school, club and representative coach many times over, who gives freely of his time to support developing players, his nomination says.

Regularly found at Gisborne’s hockey grounds umpiring many games a week, always with a smile and cheerful word for those around, Mr Rogers is also on hand to offer support and advice to young and developing umpires.

An active supporter of all Poverty Bay Hockey working bees, he is an essential member of the tournament management team, having held the role of tournament director many times.

Mr Rogers always goes one step further and volunteers for technical bench duties at a regional level and is the ‘go to man’ for anything electrical like fixing lights, power sources and heating.

He is also a dedicated member of the Poverty Bay Hockey Association Committee, a long time member of Lytton Old Boys Hockey Club and a dedicated family man.

Buck recently received his Silver Services Award at the Hockey New Zealand Awards for 24 years service to hockey in Poverty Bay.

The sport of hockey continues to flourish due to dedicated volunteers like him and his nomination says Poverty Bay Hockey thanks him for his many years of service.

Always willing to lend a hand

Gisborne builder Pete Tupara has been nominated for a Tairawhiti Men of the Year Award.

“When you need a hand, when you least expect a hand to be there, when you’re wondering ‘now where did that hand come from?’ — that will be Pete,” his nomination says.

“From Waituhi to Whakaki, from Whangara to Whakatohea and all points in between, that helping hand comes and goes without fanfare or fuss, just the way Pete would have it.”

Born and raised here, Pete returned to Gisborne after completing his apprenticeship in Christchurch through a Maori Affairs trade training initiative aimed at upskilling young rural men. He has remained here since.

Over the ensuing decades, Pete has actively supported future generations in the district to learn building skills.

It’s a way to pay back and support the East Coast region he is very proud to call home, he says.

When informed of his nomination, Pete protested and said he did not see the volunteering work he did as any more than what anyone gave when there was a need — so much so that he was deeply embarrassed.

“Giving without reward, supporting without expectation makes for exceptional character and Pete is such a character,” his nomination says.

“Ask anyone who knows him, young or old, you won’t find a differing point of view.”

Buck 'integral' to hockey community

Poverty Bay Hockey has nominated Richard “Buck” Rogers for the Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards.

Mr Richards is an integral member of the Poverty Bay Hockey community and has been a school, club and representative coach many times over, who gives freely of his time to support developing players, his nomination says.

Regularly found at Gisborne’s hockey grounds umpiring many games a week, always with a smile and cheerful word for those around, Mr Rogers is also on hand to offer support and advice to young and developing umpires.

An active supporter of all Poverty Bay Hockey working bees, he is an essential member of the tournament management team, having held the role of tournament director many times.

Mr Rogers always goes one step further and volunteers for technical bench duties at a regional level and is the ‘go to man’ for anything electrical like fixing lights, power sources and heating.

He is also a dedicated member of the Poverty Bay Hockey Association Committee, a long time member of Lytton Old Boys Hockey Club and a dedicated family man.

Buck recently received his Silver Services Award at the Hockey New Zealand Awards for 24 years service to hockey in Poverty Bay.

The sport of hockey continues to flourish due to dedicated volunteers like him and his nomination says Poverty Bay Hockey thanks him for his many years of service.

Always willing to lend a hand

Gisborne builder Pete Tupara has been nominated for a Tairawhiti Men of the Year Award.

“When you need a hand, when you least expect a hand to be there, when you’re wondering ‘now where did that hand come from?’ — that will be Pete,” his nomination says.

“From Waituhi to Whakaki, from Whangara to Whakatohea and all points in between, that helping hand comes and goes without fanfare or fuss, just the way Pete would have it.”

Born and raised here, Pete returned to Gisborne after completing his apprenticeship in Christchurch through a Maori Affairs trade training initiative aimed at upskilling young rural men. He has remained here since.

Over the ensuing decades, Pete has actively supported future generations in the district to learn building skills.

It’s a way to pay back and support the East Coast region he is very proud to call home, he says.

When informed of his nomination, Pete protested and said he did not see the volunteering work he did as any more than what anyone gave when there was a need — so much so that he was deeply embarrassed.

“Giving without reward, supporting without expectation makes for exceptional character and Pete is such a character,” his nomination says.

“Ask anyone who knows him, young or old, you won’t find a differing point of view.”

Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards

Tauawhi Men’s Centre, in conjunction with Family Works Tairawhiti and Presbyterian Support East Coast, called for nominations for the eighth annual Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards on Friday, a celebration and acknowledgement of great men in our community. The Gisborne Herald will publish profiles on each of the men nominated.

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