Honoured for her service
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
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.
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.