Honour for fire­fighter

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Feek has com­pleted 43 years of ser­vice and holds the record in the Mata­mata bri­gade for the long­est serv­ing fire­fighter.

‘‘It’s just the en­joy­ment of look­ing af­ter the com­mu­nity and the ca­ma­raderie among the guys is bril­liant,’’ he says.

Feek takes his role as a leader with the fire ser­vice very se­ri­ously, mak­ing sure he is al­ways there for the younger re­cruits.

‘‘As a team we nur­ture them through. We have a few young ones at the mo­ment who re­ally show­ing good prom­ise.

‘‘It’s not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea. But when that siren goes up, some­one in the com­mu­nity needs your help.

‘‘When I started 43 years ago, it was house and hay barn fires, then pro­gressed to car ac­ci­dents. Now it’s more car ac­ci­dents and med­i­cals.’’

From 1999 un­til 2012, Feek was coach­ing the teams en­ter­ing var­i­ous Wa­ter­way com­pe­ti­tion games while still tak­ing an ac­tive part. are

‘‘A high­light for me was at age 59 our team won the Auck­land pro­vin­cial and at age 60, we got run­ner up in NZ. That was with a good bunch of guys around me.’’

Due to the na­ture of a vol­un­teer fighter’s role to im­me­di­ately re­spond when the siren sounds, Feek says the crew couldn’t per­form its job with­out the sup­port of their em­ploy­ers.

Feek’s chief ex­ec­u­tive at NZAg­biz in Wa­haroa is fully sup­port­ive of his role with the fire ser­vice.

This year he and wife Colleen cel­e­brate 45 years of mar­riage. Their chil­dren Natalie and Kristy have grown up in the bri­gade fam­ily.

Vis­it­ing the fire sta­tion with poppa is a thrill for grand­kids Tilly and Finn.

‘‘They think knees,’’ he says.

For­mer Pohlen Foun­da­tion chair Lady Mar­garet Spring will also re­ceive a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vices to gover­nance and health. it’s the bees

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