Emo­tional night for Mexteds

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Steve Mexted al­most didn’t make it to the awards and when called on to speak, found him­self a few words short.

The 62-year-old’s busi­ness Mexted Per­for­mance Sports Sur­faces achieved a nice dou­ble on Novem­ber 18 - winner of the medium en­ter­prise award and Steve him­self be­ing hon­oured with a com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion ac­co­lade.

‘‘It was very emo­tional for me, just so un­ex­pected,’’ he said.

‘‘I had a speech pre­pared in case we won the first one [medium en­ter­prise] but was a bit of a stunned mul­let when I got the other one.

‘‘There were so many things I thought of say­ing af­ter­wards but at least I thanked [wife] Sue straight off, to earn my­self some points.’’

There was a chance Mexted wouldn’t make it to the awards af­ter hav­ing a pro­ce­dure in hos­pi­tal that day. He has end stage re­nal dis­ease and is in a race against time to find a kid­ney donor.

‘‘The last year has been hard on the fam­ily,’’ Mexted said. ‘‘I’ve pitched in with the busi­ness when I can but [son] Cameron has taken over be­cause I’m on dial­y­sis ev­ery day.’’

He and Sue are in­cred­i­bly proud of the third­gen­er­a­tion Plim­mer­ton-based busi­ness that is na­tion­ally recog­nised as a leader in sports turf de­sign, con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion.

Along with Ha­gley Oval, the Basin Re­serve and West­pac Sta­dium, the com­pany is re­spon­si­ble for care of the grass un­der your feet at Porirua Park, En­deav­our Park and Ngati­toa Do­main, among oth­ers.

‘‘Grounds­men and parks staff come and go but we’ve built up years of knowl­edge and that’s im­por­tant,’’ Mexted said.

Mexted said it was un­likely there wasn’t a Porirua sports­field he hadn’t touched and he was sat­is­fied to be in­volved as Whitby was de­vel­oped.

Sue said af­ter 40 years they are still look­ing at ways to im­prove, but solid re­la­tion­ships and an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion count for a lot.

‘‘There are still trucks on the road - some things don’t change,’’ she said.

She said Porirua was an ideal place to base a busi­ness be­cause of its lo­ca­tion and the kin­ship with, and sup­port from, other Porirua com­pa­nies.

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