‘Incredible’ service to civil defence recognised

WELL DONE POP: Tolaga Bay’s Pop Milner has received formal acknowledgement for his 24 years service to civil defence in Uawa. He is pictured with his family at the award presentation in the council chambers. From left are son Dion Milner, Mayor Meng Foon, Pop Milner, Tawhiti-Uawa ward councillor Pat Seymour, Pop’s wife Val and Dion’s partner Elizabeth Kaa. Front are grandchildren Kiki and Tiago Lewington. Picture by Paul Rickard

Long-time Uawa Civil Defence coordinator James “Pop” Milner has received formal acknowledgement of his more than 20 years of service.

Mr Milner has retired from the role after 24 years in civil defence — 21 of those as Uawa coordinator.

He received his award at the Tairawhiti CDEM Group meeting in the Gisborne District Council chambers.

“Today we recognise the fantastic work that you have done Pop,” said Mayor Meng Foon.

“Community leadership comes from people who are prepared to stand up and say ‘I will do that’ and Pop is one of those people.

“His service to the Uawa community and civil defence has been incredible.”

Local councillor Pat Seymour thanked him “for all the times you have gone out in the night to support your community”

“You have put yourself at risk selflessly at times.”

Bill Burdett mentioned his long service to East Coast rugby, as well as civil defence.

“You have given great service to the Coast and we all hope you enjoy your retirement.”

Mr Milner said he was honoured to be there with his family and he paid tribute to them.

He thanked the regional civil defence team — past and present.

“It’s been a pleasure to be part of the team. It’s been great.

“I’ve had a good team backing me up, and a good community.”

Long-time Uawa Civil Defence coordinator James “Pop” Milner has received formal acknowledgement of his more than 20 years of service.

Mr Milner has retired from the role after 24 years in civil defence — 21 of those as Uawa coordinator.

He received his award at the Tairawhiti CDEM Group meeting in the Gisborne District Council chambers.

“Today we recognise the fantastic work that you have done Pop,” said Mayor Meng Foon.

“Community leadership comes from people who are prepared to stand up and say ‘I will do that’ and Pop is one of those people.

“His service to the Uawa community and civil defence has been incredible.”

Local councillor Pat Seymour thanked him “for all the times you have gone out in the night to support your community”

“You have put yourself at risk selflessly at times.”

Bill Burdett mentioned his long service to East Coast rugby, as well as civil defence.

“You have given great service to the Coast and we all hope you enjoy your retirement.”

Mr Milner said he was honoured to be there with his family and he paid tribute to them.

He thanked the regional civil defence team — past and present.

“It’s been a pleasure to be part of the team. It’s been great.

“I’ve had a good team backing me up, and a good community.”

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