A Word from the Mayor
27 June 2018
On Friday night a large crowd will gather in the Waikari Community Hall to celebrate National Volunteer Week and our annual Community Service Awards. Our Hurunui Awards in their current form date back to 1992, and were instigated to acknowledge Volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to their Community.
These Awards are presented to people nominated by Community Members within the District Wards.
Over the years our Community Awards have grown with the addition of the HDC/Mainpower ‘Environmental’ and ‘Heritage’ Awards.
These Awards are in the form of a financial contribution toward the costs of the Environmental and Heritage project being undertaken by the applicant.
It is important to acknowledge, encourage and support ’Voluntary’ protection and restoration of both our Heritage and our Environment, both easily lost.
I have previously written of several successful heritage restoration projects, post- earthquake, and we have several other pieces of our Heritage well on the way to being funded for restoration and protection, this is exciting for those of us in Hurunui who value our Heritage.
In the current climate of continual criticism of Landowners for the destruction of the environment, it is important to also acknowledge, encourage and support ‘Voluntary’ environmental protection and restoration.
Our Youth Council, established six years ago, instigated two Awards to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to the Youth of our District.
One for a Young Person who has made significant contributions to Youth, and the other is to any Community Member who has made a significant contribution to our young people
Initiated three years ago, we will award the ‘Mayoral Youth Leadership Award’ which is recognising that we have outstanding young Leaders regularly emerging from the ranks of our Hurunui young people.
Last year for the first time, our Community Service Awards were elevated to a stand- alone evening event to better acknowledge the growing number of awards and their importance, and to hopefully make it easier for the recipients and their supporters to attend.
It is important to acknowledge the contribution of Community Volunteers of all ages, who go well beyond the call of duty, and give outstanding service to their Community.