He’s keep­ing the town clean

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A Tau­marunui man known for keep­ing the town nice and tidy has been awarded the Ruapehu’s North­ern Cit­i­zen of the Year Award for 2017.

Waata Panui, known as Wal was nom­i­nated for his self­less com­mu­nity spirit and will­ing­ness to give his time and en­ergy to help out and sup­port any­one in need.

The con­trac­tor for Downer has been recog­nised for do­ing an amaz­ing job of re­cy­cling and col­lect­ing rub­bish as well as en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to have pride in the town.

Hum­bled by the award, Panui said he doesn’t see what he is do­ing as a job.

‘‘I love be­ing able to keep Tau­marunui look­ing good and be­ing able to help peo­ple out.’’

Tau­marunui Ohura Ward Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Karen Ngatai said they were re­ally pleased to give Wal the North­ern Cit­i­zen of the Year Award for 2017.

‘‘Wal is a great ex­am­ple of the hard­work­ing, self­less peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who pro­vide the back­bone of many of the es­sen­tial ser­vices that we all rely on every day and help make Tau­marunui such a fan­tas­tic place to live.

‘‘Many peo­ple ad­mire Wal for the ob­vi­ous pride he takes in his day job keep­ing Tau­marunui look­ing clean and tidy and as an un­of­fi­cial good­will am­bas­sador for the town.

‘‘What most peo­ple won’t know is the amount of work he does in his own time and at his own ex­pense to help out any­one in need.’’

Ngatai said Wal’s nom­i­na­tion high­lighted his con­tin­u­ous vig­i­lance and con­cern when it comes to the wel­fare of oth­ers and will­ing­ness to help out any­one in need when­ever re­quired.

‘‘The North­ern Ruapehu Award Com­mit­tee are sure that a lot of peo­ple will be very happy when they hear that Wal has been pre­sented the Award for this year.’’

Panui and the Waimari­nowaiouru award re­cip­i­ent will be pre­sented with their awards at Coun­cil’s meet­ing on Fri­day De­cem­ber 15.

The re­cip­i­ent of the Waimarino-waiouru Cit­i­zen of the Year Award will be de­cided by the Waimarino-waiouru Com­mu­nity Board on Novem­ber 2.

The North­ern Ruapehu Award was de­cided by a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing of the Ohura Ward Coun­cil­lor and Chair­per­sons of the Tau­marunui-ohura Ward Com­mit­tee and Na­tional Park Com­mu­nity Board.

Raetihi will be with­out water for up to six hours as a new water main is in­stalled be­tween the reser­voir and town­ship.

Res­i­dents are be­ing told to keep enough water to last 24 hours although there should be min­i­mal dis­rup­tion, if all goes to plan.

Work takes place from mid­night through to 6am on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16.

Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cils en­vi­ron­men­tal man­ager, An­nemarie West­cott said res­i­dents need to take a few sim­ple steps to min­imise any dis­rup­tions.

When the water was back on res­i­dents should run an out­side or laun­dry tap for a minute to clear any sed­i­ment that might have been storred up.

A self ser­vice water tanker will be parked near the 4 Square su­per­mar­ket dur­ing the out­age.

West­cott said water might look ’’milky’’ when turned back on but that was just air bub­bles cre­ated when the sys­tem is re­pres­sured.

‘‘The water is treated and is one hun­dred per­cent safe to drink.’’

The new pipe­line is part of up­grad­ing and safe­guard­ing the town’s water sup­ply, West­cott said.

SUPPLIED

Tau­marunui man, Waata Panui’s has been awarded the North­ern Ruapehu Cit­i­zen Award.

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