Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards

Tauawhi Men’s Centre co-ordinator Tim Marshall proudly presents the ninth Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards evening. Pictures all by Rebecca Grunwell
The Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards ultimate accolade, the Tauawhi award was presented to Allan and Peniana Brown for their selfless work with Tauawhi and Family Works. In the late 1990s, Mr and Mrs Brown returned to Gisborne after living in Australia since 1980.
Police officer and anti-family violence champion Sam Cairns with his wife Jessica Cairns.
Stand Children’s Services social worker Coby Te Pairi (with trophy) and family members, from left, Lyric, Anj (third left), and Izaiah.
A big team of supporters made up of, from left, Nick Barbara, Glenis Philip-Barbara, Makere Atkins, Kimiora Atkins and Frank Hina flank Department of Conservation ranger and Tairawhiti Men of the Year award recipient Graeme Atkins (with trophy).
Described by Ralph Walker (left) as a “connector of people and community” award recipient Mayor Meng Foon is joined by his wife Ying.
Recognised for his inspirational journey to health and for his passion in helping others in the forestry environment, Wade Brunt is joined by ECT communications and marketing manager Matt Cairns.
Arthur Stewart (right) accepted a Tairawhiti Men of the Year award on behalf of his brother Taharakau Stewart. He is joined by Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp (left) and Mildred Stewart.
Nominated by St John Ambulance, the service’s Tairawhiti territory manager Shane Clapperton is joined by his wife Jackie Clapperton.
Accompanied by Ralph Walker (left) and Jethro Marshall (right), Bessie Ngawati accepting a Tairawhiti Men of the Year award on behalf of her father Nigel Marshall.
Honoured for his lifetime in education, Taina Ngarimu is joined by Ngahiiti Ngamanu at the Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards evening.
Gisborne kindergarten senior teacher David Spraggs (centre) with colleagues and supporters, from left, Sammy Turipa, Yvonne Broughton, Jess Baker and Dellas Tamatea.
MC Walter “Wiz” Walsh kept a light tone throughout the evening.

The Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards ceremony on Friday night celebrated the work of 10 top men in the community, and included a special Tauawhi award. A violence-free Tairawhiti is Tauawhi Men's Centre's goal but the awards evening celebrated men who made a difference to the community, said the centre's co-ordinator Tim Marshall.

The Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards ceremony on Friday night celebrated the work of 10 top men in the community, and included a special Tauawhi award. A violence-free Tairawhiti is Tauawhi Men's Centre's goal but the awards evening celebrated men who made a difference to the community, said the centre's co-ordinator Tim Marshall.

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