Two ‘heroes’ fea­ture on Auck­land lo­cal board

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

An Auck­land lo­cal board is proud to have two ‘‘lo­cal heroes’’ serv­ing in its ranks.

Chris Makoare and po­lice com­mu­nity con­sta­ble Don Al­lan were re­cip­i­ents of the New Zealan­der of the Year - Ki­wibank Lo­cal Hero awards for the Auck­land re­gion.

The New Zealan­der of the Year Awards cel­e­brate achieve­ments of New Zealan­ders with awards pre­sented in Auck­land each year in Fe­bru­ary.

Other than the six main awards, hun­dreds of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent re­gions in the coun­try also re­ceive spe­cial men­tion for their out­stand­ing work in the com­mu­nity.

Makoare was one of 73 ’’lo­cal hero’’ re­cip­i­ents from the Auck­land re­gion in 2016 while Al­lan was one of 68 recog­nised in the Auck­land re­gion this year.

They’re both mem­bers of the Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board.

‘‘It’s great that two lo­cal heroes are in the lo­cal board.

‘‘It shows that the com­mu­nity has done the right thing and voted the right peo­ple in,’’ Al­lan said.

Al­lan was recog­nised for the po­lice work he was do­ing in the One­hunga com­mu­nity.

He’s a nor­mal sight on One­hunga roads with his dog Piper, talk­ing to peo­ple in the com- mu­nity and cre­at­ing ini­tia­tives to curb crime.

Al­lan, a for­mer trades­man, takes his job se­ri­ously, work­ing from 6am un­til as late as 10pm.

‘‘I live in my com­mu­nity and I want it to be as safe as it can for my fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours.

‘‘The only way to do that was to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to stand up and be guardians them­selves, in­crease vig­i­lance and not cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for of­fend­ers.

‘‘I felt un­wor­thy to some de­gree about the award be­cause I’m get­ting paid to do this work but I guess be­cause I’m pas­sion­ate about it, it’s re­flected in peo­ple’s views.’’

Makoare vol­un­teers at the Glen Innes Fam­ily Cen­tre help­ing men through chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board chair­woman Josephine Bart­ley praised the two men for their com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s a way of life for them - they are both very hard­work­ing peo­ple, self­less and the hours they put into their work’s en­cour­ag­ing. We’re very lucky to have them.’’

Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board mem­bers Chris Makoare and Don Al­lan were re­cip­i­ents of the NZer of the Year Lo­cal Hero award.

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