Hospi­tal work recog­nised

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Some people move into small ru­ral towns and im­me­di­ately be­come an in­te­gral part of the fab­ric that makes a town more than just a town but a com­mu­nity, pulling to­gether for the good of all.

Last week, at its Ru­ral Ur­ban fundrais­ing evening, the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata recog­nised one such mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity – Lady Mar­garet Spring – by mak­ing her a re­cip­i­ent of the Paul Har­ris Fel­low award for ser­vices to Mata­mata.

Past pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata Leonie Tisch said Lady Mar­garet was some­one who very quickly in­te­grated into the Mata­mata com­mu­nity af­ter mov­ing here in 2001.

‘‘Lady Mar­garet be­gan to make a dif­fer­ence al­most im­me­di­ately, par­tic­u­larly in the health ser­vices area and es­tab­lished the Pohlen Foun­da­tion in 2006 with the spe­cific aim of rais­ing funds for devel­op­men­tal projects at the hospi­tal. She has been the chair of the foun­da­tion since its in­cep­tion,’’ Tisch said.

‘‘Mata­mata is truly for­tu­nate to have a fa­cil­ity such as Pohlen Hospi­tal – we are ar­guably the most well equipped small town in New Zealand for health ser­vices. In no small way, Lady Mar­garet has played a key role in en­sur­ing the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of this vi­tal fa­cil­ity. Along with a ded­i­cated Board of Trustees, Lady Mar­garet has over­seen the foun­da­tion rais­ing more than $ 1.1 mil­lion dol­lars for the im­prove­ment and de­vel­op­ment of Pohlen,’’ Tisch said.

Prior to mov­ing to Mata­mata, Lady Mar­garet held se­nior po­si­tions in the bank­ing and IT in­dus­tries, the Na­tional Party and the Welling­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Lady Mar­garet said she was truly hum­bled and hon­oured by the recog­ni­tion but said there were many oth­ers work­ing with her in the com­mu­nity that also de­served recog­ni­tion.

‘‘Pohlen is for the com­mu­nity and this is some­thing that I can do and will con­tinue to do,’’ Lady Mar­garet said.

Recog­nised: Lady Mar­garet Spring is con­grat­u­lated by her hus­band Sir Dryden Spring.

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