Recog­ni­tion for achiev­ers in Flaxmere

Hastings Leader - - News -

Flaxmere’s high achiev­ers have been recog­nised with the re­in­state­ment of the Flaxmere He­roes Board at a cel­e­bra­tion last week.

About 40 peo­ple gath­ered at the Flaxmere Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day to take part in a small cer­e­mony to hon­our the 29 peo­ple whose names ap­pear on plaques on the board, with more to be added in the fu­ture.

One at­tendee was Macherie Edwards, whose brother Par­layne Hawea fea­tured on the board for his New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tion in bas­ket­ball, as did her cousin Kayne Hawea who had en­joyed suc­cess with New Zealand ju­nior bas­ket­ball.

She says the whole fam­ily grew up in Flaxmere and that the recog­ni­tion was “awe­some”.

“It’s im­por­tant to be recog­nised — we’ve all moved away now but Flaxmere’s al­ways been my home — it’s cool to touch base with my roots, and this is a great way to re­mind the kids here of what we have.”

While many of the peo­ple recog­nised had played sport to a high level — in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball, rugby, karate, darts, taek­wondo, net­ball, touch rugby and chess — other con­tri­bu­tions, such as to New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic, were also high­lighted.

Hast­ings mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion and says some spe­cial names were on the board rep­re­sent­ing a di­verse range of dis­ci­plines.

“Flaxmere has it all and there’s many more names that will go up here — this is just the be­gin­ning.”

Flaxmere coun­cil­lors Henare O’Keefe and Ja­coby Poulain also at­tended the event, as did Henry Heke, chair­per­son of the Flaxmere Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ad­vi­sory group.

Henry says the new­est ad­di­tion to the cen­tre was “an­other beam of light to get things hap­pen­ing here in Flaxmere”.

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