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Civic Awards 2021Ngā Tohu Kirirarau

The Civic Award was established to 'Recognise Outstanding Voluntary Community Service carried out within the Central Hawke’s Bay District by an Individual’.

Central Hawke’s Bay Civic Honours Award

The Civic Honours Award is the most prestigious of the CHB Civic Awards and will be presented to individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the CHB community over a long period. The Award is awarded in recognition of substantial service (usually of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment).

Substantial service includes short term or long-term projects or activities that have benefited the Central Hawke’s Bay community, adding to the quality of life or residents.

The Civic Awards Committee may award up to four Civic Honour Awards annually.

What are the CHB Civic and Community Awards?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) introduced its Civic Honours Award system in 1991 to enable voluntary service within the District to be duly recognised.

The Civic Honours Award was established at the initiative of the Central Hawke’s Bay Country Women’s Institute and the New Zealand 1990 Commission to mark the NZ 1990 year.

Since its inception, up to four Civic Honours Award have been presented annually. In 2019, the Civic Awards Committee sought to broaden the way it acknowledges and celebrates outstanding community service within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The CHB Civic Awards now provides for multiple acknowledgements of community service through two additional categories of awards — the Community Service Awards and the Community Organisation of the Year Award.

 

 

CHB Community Service Award

Where determined that nominees do not quite meet the criteria for a Civic Honours Award, the Civic Awards Committee may acknowledge outstanding voluntary community service by way of a Community Service Award for the following categories:

• Community
• Social
• Cultural
• Youth
• Recreation and Sport
• Education
• Religion
• Conservation

The Civic Awards Committee will also consider other civic services not categorised above and worthy of recognition.

What are the CHB Civic and Community Awards?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) introduced its Civic Honours Award system in 1991 to enable voluntary service within the District to be duly recognised.

The Civic Honours Award was established at the initiative of the Central Hawke’s Bay Country Women’s Institute and the New Zealand 1990 Commission to mark the NZ 1990 year.

Since its inception, up to four Civic Honours Award have been presented annually. In 2019, the Civic Awards Committee sought to broaden the way it acknowledges and celebrates outstanding community service within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The awards now provides for multiple acknowledgements of community service through two additional categories of awards — the Community Service Award and the Community Organisation of the Year Award.

 

 

 

 

CHB Organisation of the Year Award

The Civic Awards 2020 sees the introduction of the Community Organisation of the Year Award. Eligible for this award are any group, society, trust, organisation, association, or club whose work has had a transformational impact on Central Hawke’s Bay in the following categories:

• Community
• Social
• Cultural
• Youth
• Recreation and Sport
• Education
• Religion
• Conservation

The Civic Awards Committee will also consider other civic services not categorised above and worthy of recognition.

What are the CHB Civic Awards?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) introduced its Civic Honours Award system in 1991 to enable voluntary service within the District to be duly recognised.

The Civic Honours Award was established at the initiative of the Central Hawke’s Bay Country Women’s Institute and the New Zealand 1990 Commission to mark the NZ 1990 year.

Since its inception, up to four Civic Honours Award have been presented annually. In 2019, the Civic Awards Committee sought to broaden the way it acknowledges and celebrates outstanding community service within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The awards now provide for multiple acknowledgements of community service through two additional categories of awards — the Community Service Awards and the Community Organisation of the Year Award.

 

 

 

 

Civic Awards 2021

In 1991, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council in conjunction with the 1990 Commission and the Central Hawke’s Bay Women’s Institute, established a Civic Honours Award to ‘Recognise Outstanding Voluntary Community Service carried out within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.'

In addition to the long-standing Civic Honours Award, we are pleased to celebrate two other categories, the Community Service Award and the Organisation of the Year Award.

While the Civic Honours Award remains the most prestigious award, honouring those outstanding citizens in our community who, over a long period of time, have gone above and beyond to serve their community, the two new award categories provide for multiple acknowledgements of community service in varying degrees.

The Civic Honours Awards were held 5 August 2021 at the Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre. 

Recipient of the 2021 Civic Honours Award:

John Oliver

Born and raised in Central Hawke's Bay, John has devoted countless hours to a number of community organisations. He joined the Ōtāne Volunteer Fire Brigade at age 20, serving for 49-years, and holding the role of Chief Fire Officer for the last 31 years. In that time he set national records for attendance and service to call-outs. He was awarded the coveted gold star for 25 years of service, Honorary Membership and a FENZ Long Service Good Conduct Medal. John has also overseen all the maintenance of the Ōtāne Arts and Crafts Centre, and his leadership has played such a vital role in the running of the Centre, earning him an honorary Life Membership. In 2021 he was awarded a Life Membership to the Waipawa RSA, his contribution over the years means he is an integral part of the Ōtāne Anzac celebrations. Johns passion for the Ōtāne community saw him lead charge to develop the Ōtāne Domain netball and tennis complex. A highly respected and valued community member with incredible energy, passion, and vision for Central Hawke’s Bay, John is often the first point of contact for solutions to local problems. All of this has been achieved, while remaining a dedicated family man to his wife, children and grandchildren.

John Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Recipients of the 2021 Community Service Award:

 Alan (Chalky) White

Alan is a recipient of the 2021 Community Service Award, recognising Alans involvement in many local community clubs and charities.

Alan has lived in Central Hawke's Bay for the last 10 years, quickly immersing himself in the community and offering his talents and energy to helping our district THRIVE!

- Joined the Lions Club and subsequently served as president
- In 2012 he joined Waipawa bowling club, becoming treasurer in 2013
- President, Secretary and Treasurer of Camp Wakarara
- Co-Ordinator of Waipawa Spring Festival/ Duck Day
- Secretary/ Treasurer and is now President of Waipawa Sports Club
- Caters for performances put on by Waipukurau Little Theatre

Alans commitment is second to none and the skills he volunteers to various groups are invaluable!

Alan White

 


John and Brenda Blackett 

John and Brenda Blackett are pretty much Central Hawke's Bay's very own Mr and Mrs Claus!

They are recipients of a 2021 Community Service Award as their commitment to bringing the festive fun for all families to enjoy has become a staple on our calendars!

Every year John and Brenda Blackett's home in Takapau becomes a Christmas wonderland for all families in the district to enjoy.

With over 40,000, the effort is huge on their part, and the reward for them is simply spreading joy to the many families who visit their home in the evenings throughout December. They also source and wrap hundreds of presents for the visiting children.

In 2014, they were donated Santa Bears which they gave away as gifts. However they noticed over time these bears were popping up in Op Shops around the district, so they bought them back and added them to their Christmas display. This collection of bears grew and grew, from 400, to 800 and now a jaw dropping 3000 bears!

So in true Blackett style, the pair now organise 'The Great Teddy Bear Show', held at the Takapau Town Hall every year. For a gold coin donation we can all enjoy the incredible collection with proceeds going back into the Christmas Lights House.

John also volunteers for the Takapau Op Shop which raises money for the Takapau Health Centre.

Brenda is a talented artist and donates her artwork to raffles and auctions at numerous community events.

John and Brenda Blackett

 


Wendy Anderson

Wendy Anderson has lived in Central Hawke's Bay most of her life, but it's the communities of Ashley Clinton and Makaretu that have truly felt Wendy's efforts and commitment.

 Wendy is incredibly passionate about the local history of people and places. Her work in the Ashley Clinton and Makaretu Cemeteries have touched the very core of these communities.

 Hours of research, and covering the costs from her own pocket on so many occasions, Wendy has cleaned and identified the personalities of unmarked graves. Her efforts have seen these graves marked, recorded and no longer forgotten.

 During the early pioneering years in Central Hawke's Bay many children didn't survive the harsh environment. Wendy has fundraised through guided cemetery tours, and managed to have signs made that list the names of these adults and children.

 Wendy is an incredible researcher, often finding lost photographs of people, she has then laminated these photos and put them by the specific graves, something that has meant so much to these families.

 Wendy is also on the Sherwood School Board of Trustees, served on the Ashley Clinton - Makaretu Hall committee, Custodian of the hall, and an active member of Rural Women NZ.

 Wendy, we cannot thank you enough for your knowledge and efforts over the years!

wendy anderson

 


 Melanie King

Mel is heavily involved in whānau health in Central Hawke's Bay, assisting pregnant women and their families with the essentials, offering breastfeeding support, delivering food, fundraising for the local playgroup, schools and sports teams, you name it, Mel's involved!

The Food Basket was initiated by Mel, who was keen to feed, nurture and avoid waste. The service is a non-profit food rescue free-store, redistributing quality surplus food to our local community families.

Pregnancy Help Central Hawkes Bay is another organisation that Mel has established and held presidency for the last 10 years, redistributing baby clothes and nursery items to families that need them.

Mel was part of the team that initiated the collaboration between CHB's Pregnancy and Parenting Hub and the Hawke's Bay District Health Board and Central Hawke's Bay District Council.

She's a busy mum of 7, but somehow manages to find some spare time to give back to our community.

She's gutsy, entrepreneurial, hardworking and full of passion for Central Hawke's Bay.

Mel King

 


Kate Luff

Kate has been a volunteer member of the CHB Parents Centre, as well as a member of the Omakere School Board of Trustees until 2019. She has also in the past been an active member of the Hawke's Bay Playcentre association.

She's a valued volunteer at the Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club, managing the props and joining the committee earlier this year. Kate is also involved in the Waipukurau Little Theatre volunteering her time to the props role.

For over 8 years, Kate has been involved in Safer Central Hawke's Bay, 6 of those years as Chairperson, she is also actively involved with Violence Free CHB, leading the Community Resilience and Wellbeing network.

In March 2020 as we faced a lockdown due to Covid-19, Kate sensed the uncertainty within our community, creating the CHB COVID-19 Support Facebook page. Throughout the lockdown, Kate provided information, reassurance and a safe space for people to connect and support one another.

She's a representative for the Hawke's Bay Rural Advisory Group, playing an instrumental role in the organising of the Small Block Holders Field Day in 2020, offering support to farmers who were struggling during the drought.

Her energy and passion are inspiring and her genuine love for our community is evident in all that she does.

Kate Luff

 


Glen Thompson

Glen aka G.T, is a 2021 Community Service Award winner and we are incredibly lucky that G.T loves Central Hawke's Bay so much he's happy to call it home!

A highly valued member of the Waipawa & Districts Lions Club, G.T manages and drives the clubs mobility bus. This role also sees G.T raising funds to ensure the mobility bus can continue to operate.

In the last year alone, G.T has provided transport for over 100 people attending health appointments as far as Napier. This includes waiting when appointments run late. But this isn't all that G.T does for our community! He is also heavily involved in the Cranford Hospice and gives his time to help in the Hospice shop in Waipukurau. Glen is known to have spent his Christmas day driving people around the region to visit their family ❤️

G.T is currently on a mission to keep families in Central Hawke's Bay warm over winter, with a free firewood fundraiser.

An incredible gift to Central Hawke's Bay, thanks' for all that you do G.T!

GT


 Claire Wilson

For the last 10 years, Claire has run the Winter Olympics, raising huge amounts for charities in the Hawke's Bay region.

This all started a decade ago, when Claire helped organise and also hosted the Mt Herbert Winter Olympics. With 20 riders taking part on the day, they raised 1000 dollars for Flemington School and the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust. This 'little' fundraising event, now has over 250 riders taking part, with all proceeds from the day going towards charities and community support groups. In total 165,000 dollars has been raised through this annual event!

Claire is passionate about the equestrian world, and has an incredible ability to get others on the band wagon. Her excitement and enthusiasm for all things in our community is contagious.

Claire has held many voluntary positions and currently is a Riders member Rep on the NZ Equestrian Committee, she is involved in the CHB Pony Club, the Central Hawke's Bay A&P Show, and also the ESNZ board.

Claire is always searching for a new cause to support, in the last 4 years over 70,000 dollars has been distributed across Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter, Cancer Support Hawke's Bay , Hawke's Bay Rural Support Trust, and KidsCan to name a few.

Claire's ability to organise a successful event, communicate her vision and share her passion is second to none, and as Claire is so committed to giving back to her community, the benefits are felt far and wide.

Claire Wilson

 


 Hans Dresel

Hans, is one of this years 2021 Community Service Award winners.

Hans has recently left his position as Chairman of the Central Hawke's Bay museum, serving 9 years in this role and 12 in total on the committee.

In this time Hans, introduced procedures and agendas to make the committee more accountable, he introduced a small fee for entry into the museum, which meant that the museum could run more efficiently.

The maintenance of the museum, cleaning, painting and the renovation of the hall into a purpose -built facility for local and touring exhibitions were all carried out under Han's management.

Hans introduced temperature control, insulation and led fundraisers to future-proof the Museum so we can continue to enjoy it for years to come.

Hans holds an active membership with the Waipukurau Rotary which he joined in 1995, contributing to the organisation of the Sea Sky Bush Walk.

He has supported the community financially with generous sponsorships to the Pōrangahau Beach Polo Tournament, Arran Station Spring Horse Trials, Rower - Fiona Bourke for Olympic Campaign and so much more.

These days you can find Hans at the Iron museum in Pōrangahau which he established himself.

We are immensely proud and appreciative of all that Hans has done for Central Hawke's Bay!

Civic Hans Dressel

 


 Takapau Lions Club

The Takapau Lions Club give away approximately 18,000 - 23,000 dollars every year, so far beneficiaries in 2021 include Caring Families, the Takapau Christmas Lights and Santa House, Budget Advisory Service, Heart Kids, HB Rescue Helicopter Trust and Camp Quality to name a few.

They team up with the Waipawa Lions every year for the annual CHB Bookarama and this year 8,000 dollars raised went straight back into the community.

Members of the Takapau Lions Club split and deliver roughly 50 cords of firewood every year to those who need it most in the community.

Over the past 40 years the club has hosted Year 8 school tramping trips to the top of Tiraha in the Ruahine Ranges. They have also maintained the Daphne Hut at the bottom of Daphne Spur, giving the hut the TLC it needs to accommodate trampers in the Ruahine Forrest.

The Takapau Lions Club also volunteer their time to help maintain The Tukituki Trail.

This impressive list is only a small part of what this incredible club does year in and year out.

Takapau Lions


Recipients of the 2021 Organisation of the Year Award:

Takapau Community Health Charitable Trust

This incredible team of people play an integral role in the Central Hawke's Bay community and have done so for over 30 years.

Providing accessible and culturally responsive health services to Takapau and the surrounding communities, this community clinic is now open 4 hours a day 5 days a week.

A tele-health service between the nurses and doctor enables thorough expertise for patient consultations when times are busy, while the clinic also provides GP access to those who are unable to travel to the clinic.

The clinic is run by a volunteer group of trustees who have kept the centre running all these years through annual garage sales, donations from the Takapau Op Shop and various grants. The collaboration between the Takapau Op Shop and The Takapau Health Centre even featured on TVNZ's 'Good Sorts' segment in 2019.

The team are currently working with the DHB to bring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to Takapau, which is just one of the many examples of the clinic doing all that they can to reduce barriers for Whānau living rurally who struggle to access health services and timely vaccinations.

Takapau Community Health


 The Paul Hunter Centre Incorporated

The incredible team have been operating for nearly 30 years in Central Hawke's Bay, providing community participation and inclusion services to people with disabilities.

The Centre's service is a community based programme operating 4 days a week, while enabling their clients to have a 'Good Life' by supporting them to reach personal goals.

They provide transport to and from the centre, but also support their clients to access the supermarket, library, pharmacy and so on.

Locally they played an active part in the Central Hawke's Bay District Councils Disability Action Plan, they are a member of the Central Hawke's Bay Disability Reference Group, and nationally they are a member of the New Zealand Disability Support Network, NZ Disabled People's Assembly, Volunteer Hawke's Bay and Volunteer New Zealand.

The Paul Hunter Centre Inc provide a service like no other in Central Hawke's Bay, ensuring that those living with a disability are able to thrive!

Paul hunter centre

 

 

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