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Tau Hou hari - Happy New Year! What will make Ashburton a
wonderful place to live, work, and play in 2019? Perhaps the answer is as
simple as having more people around like Don Kirdy.
Don is Ashburton’s very own Queen’s service medal recipient,
a New Year’s honour for his work and dedication to the Tinwald Cycling Club.
His work of over more than 40 years with the club have made such an impact on
so many, and certainly has contributed to what makes the Ashburton community
Two other Ashburtonians who have migrated to other parts of
the country but have also received New Year Honours, are Ruth Putze and George
Ruth, originally from Methven, received a New Zealand
Distinguished Service Decoration for services to the New Zealand Defence Force.
George, who went to school at Ashburton Borough School and
Ashburton High School and now living in Tauranga, received a Queen’s Service
Medal for services to publishing and the community.
I am so pleased to see that Ashburton has the ability to
produce such outstanding individuals within our community. And to encourage
more of this, I’d like to once again call for nominations for the Community
Honours Awards beginning Wednesday 16 January.
The Ashburton Community Honours Awards acknowledges
contributions to the district and serves as an inspiration to others.
There are four category of awards a person can be nominated
to. The Mayor’s Award for Public Service is the highest civic honour bestowed
by the Council. Mayor’s Awards are rare awards given to people who have made a
significant and sustained contribution to the district. The Award recognises
the recipients as stewards of the district and as people of special note.
The Ashburton Medal honours the significant achievement of
individuals or teams who have been very successful in their chosen field and
who have made an outstanding contribution to the district as a whole, or
outstanding national or international achievements. Only one Ashburton Medal
may be awarded each year.
Civic Awards are awarded in recognition of substantial
service, usually of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment, benefiting
Ashburton District and its people. The nominees will have generally carried out
predominantly voluntary work but payment for services will not necessarily
disqualify receiving an award.
Finally, the Honorary citizenship is an extraordinary honour
granted to individuals who have given great service to Ashburton.
I encourage you to think about the special people in your
life, in and around you that have made Ashburton that great place to live,
work, and play, and consider nominating them for one of these awards. I look
forward in reading each and every submission.
Additional details can be found on the Council’s