Gly­nis a real com­mu­nity cham­pion

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Gly­nis Denz says she has had many en­rich­ing mo­ments as a mem­ber of Ro­tary, but one of the light-hearted ones stands out.

‘‘In 2009 we [she and hus­band Fred] were at a po­lio erad­i­ca­tion camp in In­dia with Ro­tary,’’ she said.

‘‘It was an un­real and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. But I re­mem­ber be­ing en­ticed to play cricket with some young peo­ple, be­cause cricket was a lan­guage we all knew.

‘‘This boy came tear­ing in and bowled to me – I swung hard, hit it and it came off a build­ing, hit a goat and an­other lad caught me. The look on his face was in­cred­i­ble.’’

In 1969, Fred and Gly­nis moved from Auck­land into a Railways home in Porirua East. She said it was a fan­tas­tic time to ar­rive.

‘‘Porirua was still grow­ing and there was a strong sense of com­mu­nity, much of it based around the church. We en­joyed so much be­ing part of it.’’

Af­ter en­ter­ing a land bal­lot, Gly­nis and Fred won a prime plot to build a house in Te Pene Ave, Ti­tahi Bay, in 1973. Sons Karl and Gavin have flown the coop, but Gly­nis is still there, ad­mir­ing her view of Porirua Har­bour.

She and Fred were as in­volved in the com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble. They were on school boards, helped es­tab­lish the kinder­garten in Herewini St, Ro­tary – at the lo­cal and dis­trict level – Re­lay for Life, found­ing the Porirua Wine So­ci­ety, and much more.

Fred died of cancer two years ago. They were mar­ried 45 years.

Gly­nis, 67, said Fred would be dis­ap­pointed if she slowed down.

‘‘You’ve only got one life so get on with it. Have fun and sur­round your­self with the right peo­ple.’’

She at­tributes her seem­ingly lim­it­less en­ergy to ses­sions at Ace Ti­a­tia’s Ath­lete’s Vil­lage gym in Tawa.

Gly­nis was last year given a Porirua 50th medal, one of 50 peo­ple and cou­ples hon­oured for the city’s mile­stone birth­day.

Re­flect­ing on her medal brings tears to her eyes.

‘‘I was gob­s­macked. I thought, ‘Why me?’ There are far more de­serv­ing peo­ple.

‘‘On the night of the din­ner, I was first on stage. I’d had a few glasses of bub­bles be­fore go­ing up and was ter­ri­fied I was go­ing to trip.’’


Gly­nis Denz said she felt hon­oured and proud to be a Porirua 50th medal­list.

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