‘Con­nected’ Golden Bay wins awards

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHERIE SIVIGNON

Vol­un­teers from Golden Bay out­num­bered their col­leagues from the other side of Takaka Hill at a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony of the 2017 Tas­man Out­stand­ing Community Ser­vice Awards.

Five of the seven re­cip­i­ents who col­lected their awards at Rich­mond last Thurs­day come from Golden Bay. That in­cludes Leigh Gamby, who re­cently moved to Rich­mond but spent 40 years liv­ing over the hill. Of two other re­cip­i­ents who could not at­tend the cer­e­mony, one is a Golden Bay res­i­dent.

Tas­man district mayor Richard Kempthorne said res­i­dents of ‘‘the Bay’’ were often well rep­re­sented at the an­nual coun­cil awards event.

‘‘I think it does re­flect what a very con­nected community Golden Bay is,’’ he said. ‘‘They are very sup­port­ive of each other.’’

As well as Gamby, who is well known for his long ser­vice on the Golden Bay Community Board and the arts coun­cil along with Golden Bay Community Work­ers, other re­cip­i­ents in­cluded Roger and Ayns­ley Lang­ford, who Kempthorne said had ‘‘shown their community what part­ner­ship is about’’.

After Kempthorne read out a list of ac­com­plish­ments for the Golden Bay cou­ple in­clud­ing their work with Ru­ral Women, Ayns­ley Lang­ford quipped: ‘‘Those two peo­ple sound lovely.’’

Fel­low Golden Bay re­cip­i­ent Rus­sell McKendry, of Aorere Fu­tures Trust, thanked a long list of peo­ple in­clud­ing ab­sent friends.

‘‘I’m sorry for any that I haven’t in­cluded but there are many oth­ers that I’ve had the priv­i­lege to work with,’’ McKendry said.

Golden Bay Pony Club stal­wart Kris Rus­sell said her nom­i­na­tion was a sur­prise and quite won­der­ful.

The re­cip­i­ents from over the hill in­cluded Des Henry, who re­ceived recog­ni­tion for years of work on walk­ways around Rich­mond.

Allan Palmer, of Hig­gins Her­itage Park, has spent many hours since his re­tire­ment build­ing up the pop­u­lar park, near Wake­field.

He en­joyed show­ing peo­ple around and work­ing with oth­ers who gave their time.

‘‘I can tell you it’s a priv­i­lege to be in­volved with so many keen vol­un­teers and it’s the vol­un­teers in this world who get things done,’’ Palmer said.

The two other re­cip­i­ents who were un­able to at­tend were Golden Bay Jus­tice of the Peace Elva Har­wood and Rich­mond Visi­tor Cen­tre found­ing vol­un­teer Elaine Sal­vador. They are due to re­ceive their awards at a later date.

CHERIE SIVIGNON/ THE LEADER

Community award re­cip­i­ents Allan Palmer, left, Leigh Gamby, Kris Rus­sell, Rus­sell McKendry, Des Henry, Roger Lang­ford and Ayns­ley

Lang­ford with Tas­man district mayor Richard Kempthorne.

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