More than three hundred years combined service to the district recognised

Nine members of the Hurunui district who’ve given more than three hundred years combined service to their community have been recognised in the 2010 Community Service Awards.
A person, or couple, was selected from each ward in the district to receive an award acknowledging outstanding service to the community.
 
MAY AND RUSSELL HASSALL, who have lived all their lives in the Hawarden-Waikari area, were recognised for their involvement in a wide variety of local organisations. Over the years May has served on a host of committees and organisation from Plunket, Brownies and Guides to the Hawarden A&P Show as steward and keen exhibitor, to the Hawarden Waikari Garden Club. Her sporting interests included the Pony Club, basketball and netball. May is an active member of the Presbyterian Church, current chairperson of the Friends of Waikari Hospital and Waikari Hall and Reserve, and is also on the Hurunui ward committee. Russell is a past president of the North Canterbury Lawn Bowls Association, has a long association with the A&P Show, and is a great long time supporter of the United Rugby Club, serving as president and club captain. After retiring from the game aged 40 he took up refereeing. Both are life members of the local bowling club.
 
Cheviot’s RAY DUNCAN has spent 41 years with the local Fire Brigade, often going beyond the call of duty. As well as active service, he has undertaken training, working bees, operational support and fund raising. He has also been active in the Cheviot Rugby Club; Lions; and Swimming Club, of which he is patron and continues to assist with lessons. Ray has also lent his support to the local Gun Club and Golf Club, and has helped with Housie events as a ‘caller’ and organised local events during national Telethons.
 
JEAN BUTTERS community work has been as diverse as training debutantes for their “coming out” ball, to putting her cooking, knitting and sewing skills to a wide range of uses. She has run the cooking section of the Amberley A&P Show, started the Amberley Welcome Club with Noeline Boyce, has been active with Civil Defence and founded the North Canterbury Pipe Band supporters’ club.
 
DES DRAPER was instrumental in promoting irrigation for the Amuri Plains. After some very challenging dry seasons in the 1970’s he realised that to farm successfully he needed water and so the Amuri Irrigation Committee was formed. Des also spent a number of years as an Amuri County Councillor and was on the Harbour Board Committee. He played rugby for Culverden, was treasurer for the school committee, 75th Jubilee, and swimming pool committees. He is now patron of the Culverden Golf Club. He was part of the committee formed to build the Catholic Church where he and his wife, Dot, worship every week.
 
 In Glenmark HARRY HENDERSON has had a long involvement with a variety of community groups, including the Glenmark Domain Board; Lions; Golf Club; Tennis Club; Presbyterian Church; Waipara Hall Committee; and Amberley A&P Association. For 25 years he was treasurer of the Glenmark Scout group. He was a founding member of the Waipara Fire Brigade and continues to man the radio and answer calls. He remains an active member of the Weka Pass Railway. A keen gardener, Harry donates produce from his extensive vegetable garden and provides flowers for churches and halls.
 
JOHN CROSS is recognised for more than 50 years of service to the Hanmer Springs community during which time he worked for the New Zealand Forest Service and at Queen Mary Hospital. He is also a long-serving member of the volunteer Fire Brigade (his first fire was the Lodge Hotel in 1958), and the Lions Club, of which he is a past president. For a number of years he has solely run the BBQ at the Hanmer Springs Golf Club Charity match, the proceeds of which go to Child Cancer. He regularly visits former residents now in residential rest care outside of the district and his popularity with the younger members of the community has earned him the title ‘Grandad Cross.
 
Mollie Anderson and Roger Keey were also recognised for services to their communities.
 
MOLLIE ANDERSON is a founder of the Amberley and District Resident’s Association (ADRA) which runs Hurunui Recycling. She continues to be an active volunteer and has written four children’s books on waste minimisation.
 
ROGER KEEY is one of the driving forces behind ensuring continued public access to the 204 hectare Heritage Forest, an area of significant national, historical, scientific and educational value. He also served two terms on the Hanmer Springs Community Board, during which time the Chisholm Reserve was transferred from a willow strewn swamp into a duck pond and children’s play area that is enjoyed by families today. He is also a member of the Queen Mary Reserve Trust.
 
For further information:

Lauren McKenzie
Communications Advisor
Hurunui District Council
03 314 0024