Peo­ple worth recog­ni­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - JAN BARNES

I had the plea­sure of re­cently at­tend­ing the NZ Fire Ser­vice Fire Re­gion 2 Cel­e­brat­ing Suc­cess Awards.

The awards recog­nise NZ Fire Ser­vice teams and in­di­vid­u­als who have made ex­tra­or­di­nary per­sonal sac­ri­fice to the fire ser­vice. Se­nior Fire-fighter Karen Muir of the Mor­rinsville Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade took out the Risk Re­duc­tion Award and the over­all Supreme Award for her work pro­mot­ing fire safety through­out the com­mu­nity es­pe­cially within our Tas­man Vil­lage and lo­cal schools.

Ear­lier this month I was in­vited by Te Aroha Ro­tary to a ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice of two seats in the gar­den out­side the Te Aroha Li­brary. The seats are in the mem­ory of Ro­tar­i­ans Len Boot­ten and Theo van der Lee. I spoke at the ser­vice about the com­mu­nity work of the two men. The seats were ded­i­cated by Rev Ja­son Grainger.

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, I at­tended the Ar­mistice Day ser­vice at the Mor­rinsville RSA.

At the ser­vice I spoke about re­mem­ber­ing and re­flect­ing on the ser­vice of our sol­diers and their sac­ri­fice dur­ing the World War I, as well as re­flect­ing on the loss our com­mu­nity felt dur­ing this time and go­ing for­ward.

Ronin Cooper from David Street School who is 11 years old also wrote and de­liv­ered a thought pro­vok­ing poem at the ser­vice.

What a suc­cess the Walk ‘n’ Wheels event was in Mata­mata on Novem­ber 19. Over 400 peo­ple walked, ran or rode 3kms to sup­port the anti-fam­ily violence stance.

I amhonoured to have been re­cently elected as the chair of the Pro­vin­cial Sec­tor of Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand (LGNZ) and to also be elected to the LGNZ Na­tional Coun­cil.

The Na­tional Coun­cil is the elected lead­er­ship of LGNZ made up of 14 may­ors from around New Zealand.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Mayor Jan Barnes, lead­ing a group in the Mata­mata White Out Walk ‘n’ Wheels event.

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