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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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