‘Connected’ Golden Bay wins awards
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.
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.