Napier cit­i­zens are hon­oured

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

A for­mer Mayor of Napier and a longterm lo­cal Ro­tar­ian have re­ceived Napier Cit­i­zens’ Civic Awards.

The award cer­e­mony, which took place be­fore an audience of fam­ily, friends and col­leagues at the Napier Con­fer­ence Cen­tre last Thurs­day was hosted by Napier Mayor Bill Dal­ton.

“It’s an hon­our to be able to recog­nise these two ded­i­cated, hum­ble men who have done so much for Napier over so many years,” he said.

Chair of the Ro­tary Path­ways Trust and What­ever it Takes (WIT) John Hennessey, was awarded a Cit­i­zens’ Civic Award, while for­mer Mayor Alan Dick was awarded the Free­dom of the City.

Be­tween them Alan Dick and John Hennessey have been in­volved with help­ing a vast num­ber of peo­ple in the Napier com­mu­nity in dif­fer­ent ways. The com­mon thread is their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers.

John Hennessey, a long-serv­ing mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Ahuriri, has spent over 20 years help­ing oth­ers through the Ro­tary club, rais­ing money and sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

He has also spent the last 15 years chair­ing the Ro­tary Path­ways Trust trans­form­ing Napier’s walk­ways and cy­cle­ways.

John has also served on the board of WIT, which helps peo­ple ac­cess the Light­house day cen­tre in both Napier and Hast­ings, re­cov­ery pro­grammes, res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­i­ties, re­turn to work pro­grammes and what­ever sup­port peo­ple with men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties need to live well in the com­mu­nity.

Alan Dick, who re­ceived the Free­dom of The City, served four terms as Mayor of Napier, along with tenures on the Hawke’s Bay Har­bour Board and as a city coun­cil­lor.

He is cur­rently a Hawke’s Bay re­gional coun­cil­lor.

Alan has been chair of the Napier City Pi­lot Trust and part of the YMCA move­ment over many years.

He has been fo­cused on help­ing find in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to crime, vi­o­lence and youth is­sues in the com­mu­nity. Alan says he is also proud of the youth de­vel­op­ment projects he has been in­volved in, in­clud­ing the pro­gramme of con­ser­va­tion at the Ahuriri es­tu­ary which is con­tin­u­ing.

At­tend­ing the Cit­i­zens’ Civic Award cer­e­mony and re­ceiv­ing awards are (from left) Liz Dick, her hus­band and for­mer Napier Mayor Alan Dick, who re­ceived the Free­dom of the City, Napier Mayor Bill Dal­ton, and John Hennessey, who re­ceived a Cit­i­zens’ Civic Award for 2018, and his wife Gail.

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