Ded­i­ca­tion justly re­warded

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

While the rest of us sleep, Mur­ray David­son is one of the hard work­ing vol­un­teers help­ing keep the com­mu­nity safe.

It’s his ded­i­ca­tion to his job and com­mu­nity that has earned the ti­tle of be­ing Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Pa­troller of the Year.

Com­mu­nity Pa­trol chair­man Brian Hunter said at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s AGM, the com­mit­tee looked at each of the mem­bers to find the wor­thy re­cip­i­ent.

He said David­son was a stand out can­di­date from among the 30 mem­bers, meet­ing all the cri­te­ria re­quired for be­ing a re­cip­i­ent of the Di­a­mond Jewellers Cup.

Some of the cri­te­ria in­cludes fol­low­ing po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cer in­struc­tions, mak­ing him­self avail­able at short no­tice and work­ing in with any re­quests within the pa­trol.

‘‘Mur­ray was head and shoul­ders above the rest in meet­ing that cri­te­ria,’’ said Hunter.

‘‘We looked at all 30 pa­trollers and Mur­ray’s name popped right to the top.’’

While any vol­un­teer takes his or her role very se­ri­ously, David­son per­forms all his vol­un­teer roles with com­plete heart.

David­son is a driver for the Mata­mata Health Shut­tle and has been a Mata­mata Lions mem­ber for over 40 years.

‘‘I just get a lot of en­joy­ment and plea­sure at help­ing other peo­ple. I am re­tired now, so I can give some­thing back.’’

It’s this de­sire to give back that en­cour­aged him to add the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Pa­trol to his grow­ing list of vol­un­teer roles and en­sur­ing the com­mu­nity he loves is well cared for.

‘‘I felt I could make a con­tri­bu­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and wanted to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity too. For the pa­trol it’s about get­ting out and mak­ing sure our com­mu­nity is be­ing cared for in the best pos­si­ble way, and ob­vi­ously as­sist­ing our stretched po­lice re­sources and make their lives eas­ier,’’ David­son said.

‘‘One of his many achieve­ments is beat­ing me at golf reg­u­larly,’’ laughed Hunter.

The Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Pa­trol acts as the eyes and ears of the po­lice, but they do not per­son­ally in­ter­vene in any sit­u­a­tion.

They work to a ros­ter and op­er­ate in the evenings, till early morn­ings and also per­form day pa­trols dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

‘‘The peo­ple in this com­mu­nity are great to work with, in our role we speak with a lot of the re­tail­ers and they are al­ways pleased to see us and know we are there, es­pe­cially dur­ing the school hol­i­days,’’ said David­son.

Hunter says they are al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers. Any­one in­ter­ested can phone him on 021 473 389.


Mur­ray David­son was awarded the Di­a­mond Jewellers Cup for Pa­troller of the Year.

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