Tawa’s civic-minded citizens inspire
Peter Turney’s desire to make his suburb a tidier place saw him deservedly honoured with a Tawa Community Civic Award recently.
Mr Turney received seven nominations for the heritage and environment section of the awards, a record for the biennial awards. He can be seen regularly picking up rubbish around Tawa’s streets.
Other winners were Marie Prescott (education and/or child/youth development), Brett Gillies (on behalf of Tawa Community Patrol for health and wellbeing, group), Barbara Russell ( health and wellbeing, individual), Graham Phillips (sport and leisure), Mike Harmon ( arts and culture), Mathew Gillett (young employee) and Michael Johnson (youth).
They were presented with certificates by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade- Brow at the community centre on June 22.
Tawa Community Board chairperson Malcolm Sparrow said it was wonderful to hear the inspiring things people are doing to make Tawa a better place to live.
‘‘Every community would be a lot poorer without all the volunteers we have. I was blown away by the nominations for Peter and what people were saying.’’
Tawa Community Civic Award winners for 2012; Mathew Gillett, Peter Turney, Marie Prescott, Brett Gillies, Graham Phillips, Barbara Russell, Michael Johnson and Mike Harmon.