Pi­o­neers awards

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Fifty res­i­dents re­spon­si­ble for ‘‘ build­ing’’ Porirua will be pre­sented with spe­cial awards later this year.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s Te Komiti re­solved on April 8 to recog­nise a group of living res­i­dents as part of the 50th an­niver­sary of the city.

A com­mu­nity awards and recog­ni­tion sub­com­mit­tee was cre­ated, with Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, for­mer mayor Jenny Brash, Ngati Toa kau­matua Taku Parai and coun­cil­lors ’Ana Cof­fey, Litea Ah Hoi and John Burke as mem­bers.

Te Komiti chair­man Euon Mur­rell pointed out that some of the com­mit­tee might be el­i­gi­ble for the 50th awards them­selves, but Leggett said he was con­fi­dent the mem­bers un­prej­u­diced de­ci­sions.

‘‘It’s a chance to cel­e­brate and recog­nise those peo­ple who have built this city in the last 50 years,’’ he said.

Nom­i­na­tions will be en­cour­aged from the public for wor­thy re­cip­i­ents from sec­tors in­clud­ing the arts, sports, ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness, en­vi­ron­ment, her­itage and com­mu­nity work.

Se­lec­tions will be made over three rounds of nom­i­na­tions, from May un­til Oc­to­ber. Win­ners will re­ceive a medal or pin which has the Porirua coat of arms on it, a cer­tifi­cate and na­tive plant from the coun­cil’s nurs­ery.

The cost will come from ex­ist­ing coun­cil bud­gets.

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