Vol­un­teers’ work cru­cial

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

It is the hard work of vol­un­teers that keeps many of Auck­land’s clubs, mu­se­ums and or­gan­i­sa­tions afloat.

Next week New Zealand will cel­e­brate National Vol­un­teer Week to recog­nise peo­ple who give up their time to make a dif­fer­ence to their com­mu­ni­ties.

For Ross Goldswor­thy and Toby Hut­ton next week will be like any other.

They were recog­nised at the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board’s Good Cit­i­zens Awards as one of Mo­tat’s long­est-serv­ing and youngest vol­un­teers, re­spec­tively.

Mr Goldswor­thy has been keep­ing the wheels turn­ing at the mu­seum for more than 45 years, wel­com­ing vis­i­tors, host­ing exhibitions and driv­ing clas­sic mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

The 81-year-old was pre­sented with an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual award this month for his years of ser­vice.

Vol­un­teers don’t do it for the recog­ni­tion, Mr Goldswor­thy says.

‘‘You do it be­cause you get some el­derly chap who rode in one of the old ve­hi­cles and you let them have a ride and they’re liv­ing a dream they’ve had, re­liv­ing an af­fair from long ago.

‘‘Mak­ing them so happy – that’s great, it’s al­ways nice to see smil­ing faces.’’

He was joined in Mo­tat’s mil­i­tary sec­tion five years ago by Mr Hut­ton, an en­thu­si­as­tic young ter­ri­to­rial sol­dier who would be­come a key part of its mil­i­tary restora­tion team.

The 25-year-old was pre­sented with a youth award for his reg­u­lar ser­vice.

Fel­low Mo­tat vol­un­teer Ley­ton Chan was also recog­nised for his nine years vol­un­teer­ing as the prin­ci­pal pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer for the mu­seum’s Western Springs Tramway.

Mr Hut­ton says there is no greater feel­ing than open­ing the mu­seum’s shed and see­ing the col­lec­tion.

‘‘Know­ing that gen­er­a­tions be­fore me have gone out and col­lected this equip­ment, and it’s great to be car­ry­ing that around and hope­fully one day there will be some­one else to con­tinue it on.’’

Vis­i­tors of all ages are fas­ci­nated by the col­lec­tions.

Both in­sist they have no plans to re­tire from their vol­un­tary posts any time soon.

Mo­tat di­rec­tor Michael Fraw­ley says vol­un­teers are the back­bone of the mu­seum.

‘‘They’re fan­tas­tic. They bring such a huge va­ri­ety of skills and it’s not just the work they put in but the knowl­edge they can pass on to vis­i­tors. The mu­seum couldn’t do what it does with­out them.’’


Hard work­ing: Ross Goldswor­thy and Toby Hut­ton rep­re­sent both the long-serv­ing and new gen­er­a­tion of vol­un­teers who keep things run­ning smoothly at Mo­tat.

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