Waimakariri Community Recognised at Annual Awards

The Waimakariri District Council recognises members of the community who work away in the background devoting their time and expertise to make Waimakariri a great place to live. Their contributions are significant, and these have been formally recognised at the 2017 Community Service Awards.

Group Photo Community Service RecipientThe awards, now in their 27th year, provide an opportunity to say a public thank you in recognition of voluntary service in the areas of sport, recreation or youth development, health, welfare, arts, culture and much more.

Mayor David Ayers says “The awards allow us to formally recognise the substantial commitment people show who work quietly in the background making our community a better place to live. It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort people put forward to enrich the lives of others. They do so willingly and selflessly and for that we are immensely thankful.”

A full list of award winners follows below.

Des Lines – aviation and teaching are in Des’ blood. Learning to fly at 15, he went on to become a commercial pilot for Air New Zealand.  Since his retirement in 2003 his time has been dedicated to teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and experience of all things aviation. He developed an aviation related science programme which has seen 1700 school children pass through and has tutored students from local schools to become commercial pilots. He is presently running a weekly study group and is involved with the ‘Gateway Aviation Programme’ where selected students pursuing aviation careers use his private airfield and take part in his tutorials. All of his time, energy and expertise has been given freely and he is very worthy of recognition for his commitment.

Lisa Maree Burrow – following a move from Gisborne to Oxford in 2011, Lisa has become an integral member of the Oxford RSA. In her role as Secretary she liaises with multiple local agencies for positive outcomes, is involved in the organising of the successful ANZAC day service, has forged a successful link between the RSA and Oxford Area School, ensures the success of ‘Poppy Day’ and works tirelessly to organise the annual RSA Christmas Luncheon. On top of all this, for three years she has been driving a school bus around Oxford and West Eyreton, has been an active member of the Kea Scout movement and a member of the Oxford Historical and Records Society. Lisa is being honoured for her dedication to her local community.

Stan Price - As well as being an active member of the Pines Beach and Kairaki Residents Association committee for the past 17 years,  Stan has held a number of roles including President, Secretary and more recently continues as a Hall Trustee and active committee member.  Stan spent a number of years supporting the community in Civil Defence, The Pines Beach and Kairaki Association Gala and The Pines and Kairaki Beach Clean Ups.   His contribution to Council initiatives include building the pedestrian/cycle track from Kaiapoi to The Pines Beach and Kairaki and development of the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw.  Stan is a life member of the Waimakariri Sailing Club and has instructed Learn to Sail courses to youth for 10 years.  Stan is being acknowledged for his passion and huge commitment to his local community and beyond.

Philip Redmond – Retired this year after 36 years in legal practice in Kaiapoi, Philip has willingly shared his legal expertise and advice with many community groups including Kaiapoi Promotions Association for over 30 years; the Waimakariri-Ashley Coastguard as a life member and patron; the Kaiapoi Maritime Heritage Trust; Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Canterbury and many more.  Philip has a keen interest in community activities supporting Kaiapoi Budget Advisory Service, Kaiapoi RSA, and is Chair of the Rangiora Rotary Charitable Trust.  Philip gives freely his time and expertise and this award recognises his range of contributions.

Martin Pinkham – Showing significant community support Martin has volunteered with Kaiapoi Scouts, at Kaiapoi Borough School and has been treasurer and active member of the Kaiapoi Photographic Club. He served 10 years on the Kaiapoi High School Board of Trustees initially as Deputy Chair and has been instrumental in the schools regeneration and lifting of educational achievement. Martin is the Board’s representative for the Karanga Mai Young Parents College based at the school, and was part of the governance team when the group received the Prime Ministers Education Excellence Award in 2016. This award recognises his passion for the school over four elected terms which has gone well beyond normal trustee requirements.

Neville Wyatt - Neville has had a lifetime commitment to the community, spending his entire working life with one employer (Patience and Nicholson) until his retirement. Neville and his late wife, Tomi, fostered over 20 children. He is a hardworking, honest, humble humanitarian always working for the benefit of others.  He worked with Habitat for Humanity helping to build and maintain six houses in Kaiapoi for local families.  Neville has assisted with events through the Reflections Trust, including the Waimakariri Light Party, the Waimakariri Community Christmas Lunch, Kaiapoi Children’s Day and volunteers for the “Person to Person” Trust.  Neville helps in the local community providing transport, delivering food and other helpful tasks. This award is well deserved by Neville for all his community support over many years.

Edy Lawrey – Edy’s most public contribution to our community over the years has been through her musical talent.  She has been a member of the North Canterbury Musical Society for 25 years and is a life member.  Edy has accompanied local choirs and is one of the organists for Saints Mary and Francis de Sales Catholic Church.  Edy volunteers at productions and represented the school on the committee for the Ashley Branch of the New Zealand Educational Institute.  She was also supporting local education through her membership of the Ashley Playcentre Committee and the Loburn School Committee.  The variety and depth of Edy’s community service makes her a worthy recipient of this award.

Gerry Leaper – Gerry is a retired accountant and is being acknowledged for his services as an auditor and reviewer for a variety of Waimakariri community groups.  Amongst those is the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust which he has been involved with for 15 years. Gerry has also provided auditing and reviewing services to other groups, including the Rangiora Garden Club, Grey Power North Canterbury, the Leithfield Public Library and the Leithfield Community Centre. He served on the committee of the Ashley Community Church working to preserve this historic building. Gerry is a keen fiction writer and is part of the Y3A writing group and the ‘Nightwriters’.  Gerry has used his skills towards the betterment of our community is a worthy recipient of this Community Service Award.

Graeme Lawrey - As an accountant, Graeme has audited or reviewed the annual accounts for many local groups, including Ashley Rugby Club, Fernside Indoor Bowling Club, Loburn Women’s Institute and Rangiora Arts Society.  Graeme’s most public community service has been his outstanding involvement with the North Canterbury Musical Society, of which he is a life member.  He has been involved in the running of the Society, and is well recognised in his formal attire leading the front-of-house team during Musical Society productions.  Graeme’s role in the North Canterbury Musical Society has been significant.  He instigated, together with Council, the development of the Northbrook Studios. In 1990, Graeme was appointed by the Waimakariri District Council as the official Rangiora Town Crier!  As this position is has never been terminated, it is safe to say that he still is.  Graeme has enhanced the community in a variety of ways and deserves to be acknowledged for his service to the community.

Judith Godman – Judy is receiving this Community Service Award because of her work for the North Canterbury Minibus Trust.  Judy volunteered to drive for the Trust ten years ago when she retired and was the first woman driver to work for them.  Unable to continue regular driving Judy stayed with the Trust as an emergency driver.  She and her husband Graham also take the mini buses in for servicing, repairs and certificates of fitness.  The Trust provides a transport service to older and physically challenged members of the community, lengthening the time that people can remain in their own homes.  Judy also enjoys her association with the Kaiapoi Golf Club where she has the role of organising tournaments.  Judy is a wonderful example of the way volunteers in our community enrich the lives of others.

Lindsay Kerr – Lindsay has been hugely committed to the sporting scene in the 32 years he has lived in the district.  This has included thirty years’ continuous service to cricket through coaching, team management and umpiring. He is currently Chairman of the Canterbury Country Cricket Association.  Lindsay wrote the 150-year history publication for the Rangiora Cricket Club, 150 Not Out, and the 50-year history of the Canterbury Country Cricket Association, Out in the Country: the First 50.  This led to his writing for local media on North Canterbury sport, including 23 years reporting to the Northern Outlook. He continues to report on local rugby on Newstalk ZB.  Following his motorsport interests, Lindsay was on the organising committee of the Ashley Forest Rallysprint for fifteen years.  He has been called on to write sporting history in this field too. He was for 14 years involved in the Rangiora Lions Club, and was President in 2005-06.  Sport plays a significant role in our community and Lindsay’s voluntary work in support of it makes him a worthy recipient of this award.

Sharon Batchelor – Sharon has made a huge contribution to our community, particularly with hockey in Rangiora. Although she has never played hockey in her life, she has been with the Rangiora Hockey Club for 32 years. She was persuaded to be President for one year, and as often happens, stayed on for several more. She has been heavily involved in fundraising and Sharon sees her main legacy as the practice and mini-hockey Astroturf at Dudley Park.  She has been a tireless advocate for hockey in the district and the growth of the sport and the upgraded facilities we now have are largely thanks to her contributions.  Sharon was on the committee of the Rangiora High School Nursery School, in the Rangiora Borough School PTA, on the Rangiora High School PTA Committee as well as being a member of the Rangiora High School Board of Trustees. She followed one of her sons in his motor-cycling interests and was secretary of the Ruapuna-based Bucket Motorcycling Club. Sharon has been a highly active worker in the community and is richly deserving of this award.

Roy Adams - Roy has contributed 48 years of dedicated service to the Kaiapoi community through his membership of the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade. He started his firefighting career in 1969 with the then Kaiapoi Fire Board. He has reached the rank of Senior Fire Fighter and is a trained driver. Over the years Roy has been active in the Brigade Competition Team with success at various national and local competitions. He was also a trainer for the brigade at the Scouts ‘Fuller Fire Flag’ competitions for seven years.  For eleven years (1980-1991) Roy was the Station Keeper living at the station house.  Roy remembers several of the bigger fires in which he was involved including Waimak Timbers, The Giles Road Fellmonger building and The Wharf Shed.  Roy’s lengthy service to the community makes him a deserving recipient of this award.

Jim Gerard QSO - Jim has a long and distinguished record of service to the community. He was involved in local A&P Associations and was an elected Oxford County Councillor and member of the Anglican vestry, where he was involved in fund-raising for the parish.  Jim has been a member of the National Party since he was 18.  He was an elected Member of Parliament for Rangiora in 1984 and served for thirteen years. For his service to New Zealand, Jim was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) and was elected Mayor of Waimakariri in 2001 leading the district in that role for six years.  He returned to the Council in 2010, taking the finance portfolio in a Council which was dominated by earthquake recovery.  He stood down from the Council in 2016 and was elected to the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board, which he now chairs.  Jim led the major fundraising group for the Dudley Park Aquatic centre which raised $1.7 million.  He is involved in Our Town Rangiora and the Friends of the Rangiora Town Hall.  From being an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Rangiora, he became a full member and is actively involved to this day.  Jim has made a huge contribution to the Waimakariri community and has been supported throughout by his wife Mary.  It is a pleasure to recognise Jim’s contribution through this award.

Jeanette Busch – Jeanette is being honoured for her community service towards the elderly in the Waimakariri community.  For fifteen years she has been a regular visitor to the Holmwood rest home in Rangiora, engaging with individual residents. Her nominators say that the residents enjoy and benefit from this caring contact and the time she spends with them.  Jeanette feels that regular visiting such as hers provides continuity in an environment where of necessity there is quite a lot of coming and going amongst the residents.  Jeanette Busch is a wonderful example of the caring voluntary work that goes on our community.  Holmwood Rangiora and the Waimakariri District are better places for her dedication and it is with great pleasure that she receives this Award for her Community Service.

Peter Allen – Peter’s chosen career of secondary school teaching saw him become Principal of Rangiora High School where he remained for 13 years. During this time he was a member of the Waimakariri Safer Community Council and the Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust. A member of the Rangiora Rotary Club has seen him serve in a variety of roles, including Club President in 2008-09 and chair of the Rotary Club of Rangiora Charitable Trust. He has led the increasingly successful book sale, which provides funding for community projects, and leads the North Canterbury Alpine Trust. He has served on Council for a number of years and volunteered to take on the demanding portfolio ‘Community Development’. He led this through the 2010-2011 earthquakes sharing the community’s voice at a national level. Peter has played a significant part in helping Waimakariri through New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster in history. He has held the Acting Chair and Deputy Chair role of the Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation, which helps deliver CDHB services through most local medical practices in North Canterbury, Ashburton and Kaikoura. Peter is also involved in the Waimakariri Health Advisory Group and the Waimakariri Youth Council. Peter’s contributions to the community have been outstanding and he thoroughly deserves this Community Service Award.

Don Robertson – Don has made a significant contribution to sport and the health of the community through his involvement with the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, where he has been a board member since 2008 and became Chair in 2011. Don is a key driver to continue growth and expansion of the Trust’s delivery of sport and recreation facilities and programmes across North Canterbury. He fully lives and breathes the purpose of the Trust, which is to create active communities and healthy lifestyles. Don gives a significant amount of time for the Trusts governance responsibilities and his business acumen is widely respected. Don has been extensively involved with the Rangiora and Eyreton Pony Clubs and the North Canterbury Equine Trust. He is on the committees of Eventing Canterbury and the National Equestrian Centre. At a national level he is on the boards of Equestrian Sport New Zealand and Horse of the Year. Don contributes much for the betterment of the community and is well deserving of this Community Service Award.

Contact: Sarah Nichols

Phone: 0800 965 468