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