LOCAL MUM HONOURED
Eva Silverstone from Freemans Bay was named Plunket’s northern region 2016 volunteer of the year. Silverstone is originally from Germany, but has been volunteering for Plunket for nine years. She started as a coffee group host and coordinator and has taken over the role as secretary to the president of the Ponsonby/Herne Bay Plunket Committee. ‘‘It gives me a real buzz realising that I can make someone’s life easier by getting them in touch with others, or by just helping out reading or looking after the kids at school,’’ she said.