City hon­ours com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons

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Four Porirua res­i­dents have been recog­nised for their out­stand­ing vol­un­tary ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Ri­hia Kenny, Pro­fes­sor John Wells, and Dave Wil­son re­ceived Civic Awards at Pataka last week and Chris­tine Stan­ley will be given her award at the next Porirua City Coun­cil meet­ing.

The Civic Awards recog­nise vol­un­teers who have given their time to com­mu­nity, recre­ation, youth, aged, wel­fare, cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices.

Ms Kenny has been in­volved with the com­mu­nity of Taka­puwahia and the wider Porirua area for most of her life.

She is the prin­ci­pal kaikaranga of Ngati Toa and is the first to greet vis­i­tors to the marae.

Ms Kenny is a long-serv­ing mem­ber of Ngati Toa’s Kau­matua Coun­cil.

Pro­fes­sor Wells has had a love af­fair with Pau­ata­hanui In­let since ar­riv­ing in New Zealand in 1976.

As a mem­ber of the School of Bi­o­log­i­cal Sciences at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity, he quickly be­came in­volved in re­search in marine ecol­ogy in the in­let.

He was also a trustee of the Karori Wildlife Trust be­tween from 1993 till 1997.

Af­ter mov­ing to Whitby in 1999, he be­came a mem­ber of the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let and chair­man in 2003.

Mr Wil­son has since 1997 com­mit­ted his time and en­ergy to de­velop the Ole Soc­cer Acad­emy, along with its syn­thetic turf. The acad­emy caters for 10 to 12-year-olds in Porirua schools.

With his never-give-up at­ti­tude, Mr Wil­son has de­vel­oped an ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity around sport that is unique to New Zealand and a real ben­e­fit to the Porirua com­mu­nity.

Ms Stan­ley has long been in­volved in vol­un­tary work in the Pau­ata­hanui com­mu­nity.

Her ser­vices con­tinue to be sought, es­pe­cially in con­nec­tion with en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in the Porirua Har­bour and its catch­ments.

She was one of the three founders and a com­mit­tee mem­ber of Pau­ata­hanui Early Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety from 1985 till 1989, New Zealand’s first multi-pur­pose preschool in­cor­po­rat­ing a creche, kinder­garten and play­group.

She con­tin­ued her vol­un­tary work with the com­mu­nity as chair­woman and trea­surer of the Pau­ata­hanui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion.

She was also a trustee and vol­un­tary tele­phone coun­sel­lor of the Welling­ton Sex­ual Abuse Help Foun­da­tion.

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