Topic: 2003 Hamilton Civic Awards

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In 2003 Civic Awards were presented to Mrs Nancy Anderson, Mrs Doreen Bailey, Mr Ross Bedwell, Mr Peter Jack Bishop, Mrs Valerie Dawn Brown, Mr George & Mrs Ere Ford, Mrs Joan Furborough, Mrs Faith Gibbs, Mr James (Jim) Holdom, Mr James (Jim) Edward Marsters, Mr Bryan Mayall, Mrs Winifred May Parnham, Mrs Shirley Ransfield, Mrs Ida Scott, Mr Linton Sionetali, Miss Jill Tasker, Mr Yoshiki Tatsumi, and Mr Gerard Williams, by the Mayor, Mr David Braithwaite, OBE, JP, on 12th December.

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Nancy Anderson

Nominated For: Sport

Many different Waikato tennis clubs have supported Nancy Anderson's nomination for a Civic Award.

Nancy has always gone the extra distance for the good of tennis. She has always been fully involved in the running of the clubs she has belonged to and has helped to organize tournaments and teams events. She does her best to recruit new members, listening to and actioning the requests of all concerned.

Nancy's phone rings constantly with requests and queries. Can she find someone a partner? Can a team bend the rules slightly? etc etc. All are dealt with firmly and fairly.

Recently Nancy was referred to as "egalitarian" - what an apt description. To her mind a new player struggling to win their first interclub match is just as important as one of the premier players.

Nancy has been an inspiration to so many people over a very long period. A civic award could not go to a more deserving person.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Doreen Bailey

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Doreen Bailey has been a volunteer with the Waikato Prisoners' Aid and Rehabilitation Society (PARS) for 22 years. During this time, Doreen has held the office of President for three terms (nine years) and also been Vice-President and Treasurer over several years.

Doreen has been a stalwart worker and supporter during this time. Her guidance and wisdom has been appreciated not only by the staff and committee of PARS but by the many families she has had contact with while members of their families have been serving sentences. Families are often isolated and lonely during this time and Doreen has been able to guide these people to regain a meaningful direction to their lives. This work has been carried out not only efficiently but also with a measure of compassion mixed with common sense.

Not only has Doreen been involved with PARS but she has been an active member of the Quota Club for the past 30 years, a volunteer for Newstape Trust Inc which produces a talking newspaper for the blind, and is a life member of the Waikato Kindergarten Assn as a result of her contribution to the Free Kindergarten Movement. She has also been a Justice of the Peace since 1980.

Doreen Bailey is a very worthy recipient of a Civic Award.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr Ross Bedwell

Nominated For: Education

Ross Bedwell has been the instigator of the Hamilton Astronomical Society's Educational Programme and has been responsible for its development and organization for over 14 years. He joined the Astronomical Society when he retired in 1987 and has devoted his time and energies since then to inspiring children to take an interest in astronomy.

The Educational Programme involves speaking to up to 25 groups of 30 to 60 students (primary, secondary and university level) as well as Scouts, Guides, Church Groups etc thus bringing astronomy to an average of about 800 people per year over the last 10 years. Ross has also spoken to groups of adults including Service Clubs and Senior Citizen Groups and even visited groups meeting in outlying towns, eg. Matamata, Te Aroha and Cambridge.

Ross is greatly respected for his commitment, enthusiasm, ability and personality and the Hamilton Astronomical Society has benefited financially from his efforts. The income from the groups he speaks to has been the main source of funding for daily running expenses and the development of the observatory. He is truly an unsung hero.

All members of the Astronomical Society Committee and members of the wider community have enthusiastically endorsed this civic recognition.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr Peter Jack Bishop

Nominated For: Sport

Peter Bishop has qualifications in the Martial Arts, being black belt and third Dan (Third Degree Black Belt), the highest level of achievement in Tae Kwon Do which can be awarded outside Korea, the home land of Tae Kwon Do itself.

He has also undertaken specialist training in Jiu Jitsu and Thai Boxing and has held National Boxing titles here in New Zealand.

Peter has always shared his knowledge with others, is a natural teacher, readily able to impart his skills and encouragement. Peter has always freely given his spare time to Martial Arts, and has never turned away students who were genuinely unable to contribute with fees. Peter has also given his time to unpaid and unacknowledged social work with at risk and disadvantaged youth, to whom he has given help and encouragement in many difficult situations.

Founding President of the Waikato Martial Arts Centre Society Inc since its inception in 1993, Peter has worked tirelessly and virtually unaided to raise the necessary funds to purchase the current Waikato Martial Arts Centre building and to thus establish the Martial Arts Centre as a permanent self-funding sports facility.

Few Hamiltonians have freely given this degree of unpaid labour to provide Hamilton with such a community asset.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Valerie Dawn Brown

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Valerie Brown has been involved with IHC for 44 years. Her first involvement with the organization was with fundraising - selling raffles, attending and assisting at gala days and co-ordinating the annual appeal in the rural area.

Val has been President of the Hamilton Branch Committee for the last 15 years. She has also been a member of the New Zealand Council, the Properties Board and Advocacy Board. In addition, she has been extensively involved in monitoring the quality of IHC services.

Val puts her heart and soul into what she does. She has a special rapport with other families as she has a daughter using IHC services and she acts as a powerful advocate for them. She is not afraid to speak out when she sees something that she doesn't believe is good enough.

As Branch President, she spends many hours on branch activities from fundraising to talking to people with intellectual disabilities to running meets and generally being a good listener and supportive leader. All of these hours are voluntary.

Val Brown's work for the community is being recognised today.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr George & Mrs Ere Ford

Nominated For: Art & Culture

George & Ere have both been nominated for a Civic Award by the Cook Island community. They work so closely together for the benefit of their culture and development of their people; one would not be complete without the other.

They work tirelessly in strengthening the Cook Island "way of life" teaching their young the traditional dances and songs, encouraging everyone to be proud of their ancestry and who they are.

They balance the daily demands of life with ease, always finding the time to help those that are troubled, those who are in need, and those who just need the love and affection of people who genuinely care.

George and Ere have held and continue to hold a variety of roles within both the Cook Island community and the Presbyterian Church Hamilton West community.

They have been actively involved with the Uapou Fellowship, a National Organisation that brings together Cook Islanders from all over New Zealand who meet once a year to celebrate their culture. Hamilton, under their leadership has been well represented.

As their testimonials bear out, George and Ere have done and achieved so much for so many people for the preservation of their culture and for the well being of all people that have come in contact with them.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Joan Furborough

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Joan Furborough has carried out considerable voluntary work for the Waikato Hospital Chaplain's Department. Joan has played the organ every Sunday for the services of worship in the Hospital Chapel since 1985. She also makes herself available in that capacity for special occasions such as staff weddings or funerals.

In addition, Joan has been giving tireless service to the Lions Cancer Lodge on the Waikato Hospital Campus for a period of 17 years. She has donated an electric organ to the lodge and goes for an hour, three times a week, to play for the residents. At a time when lives are often in turmoil, the opportunity to express and feel through music can often be relaxing and beneficial.

Joan has a personality that complements her music. She is a good listener and raconteur, and is often able to share a quiet moment with a needy resident. She has given singular pleasure to hundreds of cancer sufferers and their visitors and families over the year.

Joan has assisted people in the community in numerous ways and her offers to help are always made with a smile and without expectation of reward. She is well-known and greatly admired for her kindness and services to many Waikato residents of all ages, often doing their shopping or attending to business matters for them or helping them in their homes when they have been house-bound.

There can be no doubt that Joan Furborough is a very valuable member of our community.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Faith Gibbs

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Faith Gibbs joined the Epilepsy Association in 1973 when her elder daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy. For the past three decades, Faith has been an extremely active and a devoted advocate of the association and its services.

For 12 years, Faith was volunteer Education Officer (field services) who covered the whole of the Greater Waikato area speaking to various groups, including teachers, students, nurses, police, government departments and individual families about epilepsy.

Faith has successively served in various leadership roles in committee and executive positions. She served as Vice President for five years and in 1996 was elected President of the Waikato Branch of the Epilepsy Association. She is the current President.

In 1993, the West Hamilton Police Department set up a volunteer community night patrol, the night owls. Faith volunteered her services which required two nights a month with another volunteer. They patrol the West Hamilton area in the wee hours of the night helping to make the neighbourhood a safer place.

These are just two of the organizations that Faith has been involved with and her personal profile indicates that she has given 40 years of voluntary service to the community. She is an exemplary leader and excellent role model to all.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr James Holdom

Nominated For: Environment, Human Rights

James (Jim) Holdom has been nominated for a Civic Award for his contribution to the community of Hamilton/Kirikiriroa.

Jim has been and is an active member of so many different organizations including Corso, Trade Aid Kirikiriroa, United Nations, Council of Elders, Waikato Anti-Racism Coalition, Environmental Business Network, Forest & Bird Society, The Ecologic Foundation, Wanderers Travel Group, and Te Whare O Te Ata (the community House which boarders on Fairfield Park).

As a member of the Hamilton Corso community, Jim has constantly challenged status quo assumptions both locally and internationally in areas of Recycle/Reuse policy development and sustainable development, and in Corso social justice issues which challenge racism, oppression and inequality.

Jim is the longest serving member of the Trade Aid Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) Trust with his participation going back to the mid 1970s. In more recent years Jim's involvement has moved from that of volunteer in the Trade Aid shop to a valuable member of the Trade Aid Kirikiriroa Trust Board.

This worthy citizen, widely known in the community, does not seek acknowledgement, but serves where he sees a need not always recognized and met by others.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr James Edward Marsters

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Jim Marsters joined the Boys' Brigade as a boy in Rarotonga in 1945. He was commissioned as an officer in 1950. On coming to New Zealand in 1955, he was registered as an Officer with the 3rd Hamilton Company attached to St Paul's Methodist Church in London Street. In the late 1960's, the Company was transferred to the First Church, Frankton, where Jim continued to serve until the closure of that company and his transfer to the 7th Hamilton Company at the Melville Methodist Church. He continues to serve as an Officer in the 7th Hamilton.

Using his particular skills and training, Jim has been responsible for giving young men life skills in first aid, wildlife, seafaring, camping, canoeing and crafts in each of the Companies in which he has served. At Battalion level, Jim has been the Property Officer, Swimming Officer and Rugby Promoter. He was the organiser of the Inter Battalion Swimming and Rugby Competitions for a number of years.

James Marsters is an unsung hero who has given long, valuable and sacrificial service to the young people of Hamilton.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr Bryan Mayall

Nominated For: Sport

Bryan Mayall began his long involvement with track and field and harrier running in 1966 and has been heavily involved in athletics ever since. As his activities since 1966 are just too many to mention, we will focus on his more recent endeavours.

In 1998, Bryan was elected President of the Waikato Association of Veteran Athletes, an organization that is now known as Waikato Masters Athletics. He has now held the position of President for five years

Bryan is also Chairman of the Planning Committee for the up-coming Southern Trust 30th New Zealand Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships to be held here in Hamilton, 5-8 March 2004. The Planning Committee has only been working for the last six months and Bryan's enthusiasm to make these championships in Hamilton the best ever in New Zealand, has entailed many hours of work which will continue until March 2004.

Bryan is an enthusiastic promoter and tireless worker for Masters Athletics. His service to his chosen sport is being recognized today.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Winifred May Parnham

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Winifred (Win) Parnham is 91 years of age and assists Aline Bishop to deliver mobile meals in the community for YWCA in the Fairfield area. She has been delivering meals every Thursday for nearly seven years.

The YWCA offers a lunch time meals service five days a week to the community to those that are unable to prepare their own meals. This service allows clients to remain in their own familiar safe surroundings. The YWCA meal service is very reliant on the good will of volunteers such as Win.

Win likes to take the meal right into the home and becomes quite a friend to some of the clients - interested in their lives and families.

Win is a lovely lady. She is still cheerful and willing to do as she says "her little bit" for other people.

It is wonderful that Win is still very much an active and contributing member of our community. She is deserving of a Civic Award.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Shirley Ransfield

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Shirley Ransfield is a member of Scouting Waikato, a branch of Scouting New Zealand. Scouting's aim is to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society.

Shirley works all hours for Scouting Waikato. She works as a volunteer in the Area Office, Monday to Friday, answering phones, collating and photocopying for courses, events and record keeping for the area database.

Her knowledge of Scouting Waikato, the programmes and training for the various sections and the details of the leaders are all at her fingertips. Scouting Waikato covers a large area including the Coromandel Peninsula, east to Tokoroa and south to National Park.

She tirelessly carries on work at home in the evenings, and keeps in contact with Leaders in the Area Team and in the field. Weekends often see her out at one activity or another as well.

Nothing is too much for Shirley to do. She is the perfect example of the Scout Law and Promise and lives by these to the word. Shirley is a very special person to all who know her and work with her.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mrs Ida Scott

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Mrs Ida Scott has been voluntarily delivering Meals on Wheels in Hamilton for NZ Red Cross for the past 37 years with no breaks.

The delivery of a hot midday meal is often the only contact that recipients have that day. Mrs Scott cares a great deal about many of her recipients as she has got to know them over the years.

Mrs Scott usually does two or three extra unrostered runs per month to help other drivers who are unable to do their run.

Mrs Scott has been a volunteer with Care and Craft in Hamilton for the past 25 years. Care and Craft is an essential community programme that allows elderly people to have weekly contact, games, food, companionship and good health.

Over the years, Mrs Scott has also had voluntary roles in Girl Guides and Scouts.

She is totally reliable, always happy and enjoys her work.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr Linton Sionetali

Nominated For: People & Well-Being

Linton Sionetali is an integral part of the Twilite Patrol which is conducted by the Kirikiriroa Maori Wardens on the streets of Hamilton. This is purely a voluntary exercise which has been conducted by the wardens over the past few years. The patrols are carried out in an endeavour to provide protection for the citizens of Hamilton and to monitor the behaviour of the youth who frequent the streets late at night.

Having been ‘partnered' many times on these patrols, Linton has had many young people approach him to discuss issues and seek his advice. Such is their respect for him, that wardens have been alerted to probable incidents.

Linton is always available to provide transport for local elders and kaumatua if they need to attend meetings, either in the evening or weekends, or through the day if his hours of work allow this.

Linton is an honourable and dignified young person who is the ultimate role model for the youth of Hamilton. He is young in age only, certainly not wisdom.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Miss Jill Tasker

Nominated For: People & Well-Being
Environment

For many years Jill Tasker has been organising, participating, leading, and lending her weight to innumerable worthwhile activities that make Hamilton the vibrant place it is. She is a thoroughly committed person, never seeking the limelight, but always ready to do the hard work behind the scenes.

Some of the organisations she has supported include Friends of the Hamilton Library Association, Cathedral Church of St Peter, Keep Hamilton Beautiful, Friends of the Ballet, cricket and the Hamilton Girls High School Old Girls Association. In fact, her activities have been so numerous that we are just simply unable to mention them all.

As a foundation and continuing member of the Friends of the Hamilton Library Association, Jill uses her networks to promote the Friends. As an active member of the community of St Andrews, she is able to assess the needs of library members in her area with a view to improvement. Her past experience as a librarian has been invaluable to the organisation.

Jill has been an active and valued member of Keep Hamilton Beautiful for many years and has played a key role in the development and ongoing growth and maintenance of the Pukete Kauri Grove. She has contributed numerous volunteer hours, is always willing to help and has made a substantial impact on Keep Hamilton Beautiful.

Jill Tasker is and has been for many years an effective, pleasant and purposeful citizen of Hamilton and is an example to us all.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr Yoshiki Tatsumi

Nominated For: Art & Culture

Originally from Kobe, Japan, Yoshiki (Yoshi) Tatsumi studied brass performance specifically French horn and spent ten years with a civic wind orchestra in Tokyo while training as a conductor. He immigrated to Hamilton in February 1990. Soon after, Yoshi began his selfless contribution to youth music that continues today, more than ten years later.

Yoshi has dedicated more than a decade of his life to help train and encourage hundreds of young musicians in the Hamilton area through his leadership roles in the Waikato Schools Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Annual Primary Schools' Instrumental Music Workshop, the Waikato Youth Orchestra and the United Youth Orchestra.

Yoshi is extremely professional, fair-minded and hard-working music director who has a wonderful rapport with young musicians of all ages, always seeking to encourage and support them irrespective of their ability. He sets very high personal standards, is meticulous in his preparation and programming, and is immaculately presented on the concert platform. Yoshi has worked selflessly over thousands of hours to help and improve individual musicians and ensembles in the Hamilton area and to further the potential of the various music groups with which he has been associated.

He is truly an ‘unsung hero' of Hamilton's art, cultural and educational communities and is deserving of a Civic Award.

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

Civic Award Citation

Name: Mr Gerard Williams

Nominated For: Environment

Gerard Williams has given valuable voluntary service to the community, in particular Hamilton Gardens.

Gerard was a member of an early committee formed primarily to raise funds to construct the Horticulture Pavilion at the Gardens. This Committee later reinvented itself into the Friends of Hamilton Gardens Incorporated and Gerard has served on the society in many capacities including President and Treasurer.

Over the past 22 years, Gerard has been a tireless worker and valuable advocate for Hamilton Gardens. He has given countless tours and talks, prepared numerous submissions and along with this wife Rena, he is always available to help out.

The voluntary involvement in Hamilton Gardens is considerable and it has been crucial to the success of the Gardens. For example, two volunteers from a roster of sixty are on duty in the Information Centre just about every day of the year. When other volunteers are not available for duty in the Information Centre, the Williams' are invariably the ones who step in to cover for them.

As Mr Peter Sergel, Director of Hamilton Gardens, states "when people receive awards they usually say it is recognition of a wider group effort. If any single person represents the substantial voluntary effort behind Hamilton Gardens over the past twenty years, it is Gerard Williams".

David J Braithwaite OBE JP
M A Y O R

Dated this 12th Day of December 2003

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