2019 - A New Year

Happy New Year everyone! 2019 has begun on a high for our community; a positive note that I hope will inspire others and set the tone for the remainder of the year.

I’m pleased to report that Ashburton’s own, Don Kirdy was the recipient of the Queen’s service medal, a New Year’s Honour for his more than 40 years of dedication and work for the Tinwald Cycling Club.

His commitment to the club really epitomises the characteristics that make our district such a wonderful place to live in, and I’d like to congratulate Don on his momentous achievement.

Almost not surprisingly, Don is not the only hard-worker from our little corner of the country to be recognised in the New Year Honours List. Two others, who’ve since moved to other parts of New Zealand have also been the recipients of these awards: Ruth Putze and George Byrant.

Ruth, originally from Methven, received a New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration for services to the New Zealand Defence Force; while George, who attended school in Ashburton (now living in Tauranga), received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to publishing and the community.

What an outstanding example of the kind of generous, hard-working and community-minded people who live or grew up in our district. Ashburton evidently really does have a knack for producing exceptional people, and we see this kind of selfless work happening every day. I’m excited to announce that there is another opportunity for these kinds of people to be formally recognised for their hard work.

Nominations are currently open for the Ashburton Community Honours Awards, which are open until 14 February. These awards are especially designed to acknowledge contributions to the district and serve as an inspiration to others.

Four categories are open for nominations. These are the Mayor’s Award for Public Service, which is the highest civic honour bestowed by the Council; the Ashburton Medal, honouring the significant achievements of individuals or teams who’ve been very successful in their field or have made an outstanding contribution to the district; Civic Awards, which recognise substantial service – usually of a voluntary nature or efforts that are above and beyond normal employment; and lastly, the Honorary Citizenship award, which is an extraordinary honour granted to people who have given great service to our district.

Cast your mind to the special people in your life who make Ashburton such a great place to be. The Community Honours Awards could be the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ to these people and show them that their tireless efforts do not go unnoticed. I encourage you to nominate someone you think should be celebrated. I look forward to reading the nominations.

To nominate or find more information, head to the Council website, ashburtondc.govt.nz. Remember, nominations close 14 February.

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