Hon­oured for her ser­vice

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - TERESA HAT­TAN

For Nora Martel­letti, giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity has been a way of life. The Mata­mata woman has been recog­nised with a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vice to the com­mu­nity in the New Year’s Hon­ours list.

Nora came to Hin­uera with her fam­ily in 1936. She mar­ried in 1951 and moved to Oko­roire to farm with her hus­band.

‘‘Liv­ing there, as you do, you be­come in­volved in mu­nity,’’ Nora said.

Nora started work­ing at the lo­cal school as a teacher’s aide and con­tin­ued there for 25 years. In the 1980s Nora formed a singing group in Ti­rau that later be­came known as the Ox­ford Singers. ‘‘Ti­rau was once called Ox­ford and so as the group grew and we had a full part choir we needed to give our­selves a name and so we thought the Ox­ford Singers would be suit­able.’’ Like

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com- most groups she found her­self in­volved in, Nora was with the singing group for more than 20 years.

Nora be­came a Jus­tice of the Peace in 1984. A few years later, in 1989, she be­came a mem­ber of the in­au­gu­ral Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board. She has served on this for 26 years and plans to hang up her hat at this year’s elec­tions in Oc­to­ber now that she has moved to Mata­mata.

In the early 1990s Nora be­came in­ter­ested in Vic­tim Sup­port. She com­pleted homi­cide sup­port train­ing and spent around 20 years vol­un­teer­ing for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Nora says she’s the type of per­son to just get on and do what’s needed. ‘‘You just think about how you can do it the best way that you can.’’

The say­ing what you give back, you get back in spades is clearly true for Nora. ‘‘Peo­ple talk to you about giv­ing to your com­mu­nity, but boy, my com­mu­nity at Oko­roire has al­ways been very sup­port­ive of me. I’ve gained a lot from meet­ing a wide range of peo­ple.’’

And does Nora have a par­tic­u­lar high­light? This, re­ceiv­ing a New Year’s hon­our, is cer­tainly one of them, she said.

Over the years Nora said she has made some re­ally won­der­ful friends and she would like to thank th­ese lovely peo­ple for their val­ued sup­port.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata’s Nora Martel­letti has been recog­nised for her ser­vices to the com­mu­nity with a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal in the New Year’s Hon­ours.

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