Vol­un­teers cap­tured in spe­cial book

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - JENNY LING

The Far North’s won­der­ful vol­un­teer groups have been cham­pi­oned in a new pho­tog­ra­phy book.

Bay of Is­lands-Kaikohe Pho­tog­ra­phy Club mem­bers have cap­tured the self­less work of nu­mer­ous vol­un­teer groups in and around Kerik­eri, Pai­hia and Kawakawa in the hard­cover book called

Club com­mit­tee mem­ber and pho­tog­ra­pher Co­ral Moller says the idea came about af­ter the club re­ceived a grant from the arts coun­cil years ago.

‘‘Noth­ing was ever done with it,’’ she says.

‘‘I came up with the idea of do­ing the book on vol­un­teers be­cause there are so many vol­un­teers and they’re never recog­nised. I put the idea to the club and they agreed.’’

Thir­teen club mem­bers were in­volved in the pho­tog­ra­phy; Lyn­nis Bur­son, Judy Klaus, Jill Lan­caster, Irene and Doug Dysart, Ge­off Til­ley, Avis Moun­tain, Sher­ilee Banks, Les­ley Parker, Cor­nelia Luethi, Bar­bara Ste­wart, Grace Han­ley and Co­ral Moller.

They took stun­ning pic­tures of vol­un­teer groups go­ing about their work in­clud­ing Project Is­land Song, Pai­hia Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade, Rid­ing for the Dis­abled, Ro­tary, the SPCA, Red Cross, Kerik­eri Shade­house, Ci­ti­zens Ad­vice and Out­reach Ther­apy Pets.

Two books have been given to the Kerik­eri li­brary, and one each to the Pai­hia and Kawakawa li­braries. The book is also on dis­play at the Kerik­eri Li­brary.

Moller, who was an Out­reach Ther­apy Pets vol­un­teer for two years, says she’s pleased to ‘‘bring some of the vol­un­teers to the fore and tell peo­ple who they are and show peo­ple what they do’’.

‘‘Most peo­ple are in­ter­ested be­cause it’s all lo­cal and they know there will be some­body in there that they know.’’

The club meets ev­ery sec­ond Thurs­day of the month at Cherry Park House in Kerik­eri.

Each month mem­bers are given a theme to test their pho­tog­ra­phy skills with, and they are then judged on them by some­one from the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of New Zealand.

Moller says she likes tak­ing ‘still life’ pic­tures, and also en­joys tin­ker­ing with them later us­ing Pho­to­shop.

Any­one in­ter­ested in buy­ing a book can email Co­ral at cora­landlester@gmail.com

Out­reach Ther­apy Pets vol­un­teers fea­ture in the new Bay of Is­lands-Kaikohe Pho­tog­ra­phy Club book.

Co­ral Moller, the brain­child of the book, Vol­un­teers in the Bay of Is­lands.

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