Calder wins Welly

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Keith Calder was un­likely to get too much work done last Fri­day – he was too busy deal­ing with con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages for his win at the Wellys.

The night be­fore, the front man for the project to re­store Porirua Har­bour was pre­sented the Welling­to­nian of the Year award for ser­vices to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Although he had pre­pared a speech, hear­ing his name read out was still ‘‘an ab­so­lute shock’’.

‘‘For me, it’s recog­ni­tion for what we’re do­ing and the many peo­ple who have contributed. Porirua is an amaz­ing place and at its heart is the har­bour – there has been plenty of work done to this point but it’s just the be­gin­ning.’’

Mr Calder hoped the Welly would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the har­bour strat­egy fur­ther. He paid spe­cial trib­ute to former Porirua mayor Jenny Brash and her suc­ces­sor Nick Leggett for their pas­sion and drive.

He said the award was a proud moment for his fam­ily, the project team, Porirua City Coun­cil and the city.

Porirua res­i­dent and Maori im­mer­sion cham­pion Dame Iri­tana Tawhi­whirangi also won a Welly award, in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tion.

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