Wednesday January 18, 2017
Local receives The Queen’s Service Medal By Emma McAuliffe
A local resident received a top award over the new year’s break. John May, of Wainuiomata, was awarded The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community in the 2017 New Year Honours list. John was a member of the Petone Volunteer Fire Brigade from 1969 to 1998, during which time he also held roles as volunteer station officer and volunteer training officer. He has been a member of the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1998 and is currently serving as senior station officer and welfare representative. He has been a director and trustee of the New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union since 2003. John was also president of the
Wainuiomata Rotary Club from 2006 to 2007 and is currently past chairman of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association. John said it was “quite humbling and unexpected” to have been nominated for the award. “The family were all very proud,” he said. He said his award was a credit to the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade. “I think the brigade should be really proud of the achievement and their high standing in the community,” he said. The Queen’s Service Medal was instituted by New Zealand in 1975, at the same time as The Queen’s Service Order. The purpose of both The Queen’s Service Order and The Queen’s Service Medal is to recognise voluntary service to the community and also elected or appointed public office.
A local community group has lost their tools following an incident last week. Community volunteer group Wainuiomata Trail Project had around $2000 worth of gear stolen from a tool box, kept on the Freewheel track at Waiu Park last Tuesday. The trail project builds and maintains the mountain bike tracks accessible from Waiu Park. Trail project treasurer Dave
Robson said he believed the theft had taken place the previous weekend. “Stolen was a portable generator, a rock breaker, and various hand tools [including] mattocks, spades and pick axes. “We estimate the value was around $2000. It was not insured due to unaffordable insurance premiums,” he said. Dave said the reinforced metal box had been kept on the track for three years so volunteer diggers had easy access to tools rather than having to carry them
TEDxScott Base John May received The Queen’s Service Medal. PHOTO: Supplied
up the hill. He said so far the group was not sure how much it would cost to repair the toolbox. “The theft of tools will limit our ability to undertake maintenance work on the tracks to keep them usable, and as we are volunteers and raise our own money, our budget to replace them is limited. “The mountain biking community has been very supportive following the theft, within a few days had donated $1000 via Givealittle to replace the
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Dog lovers will be able to take the four legged friends to Sladden Park next week for PAWS in the Park. PAWS in the Park will take place from 10am to 12pm on Sunday, January 29 at Sladden Park, on Bracken Street in Petone. Bring good walking shoes, a picnic lunch and plastic bags for your dog’s poo.
Freddie Flash and the Firebirds will be playing at the Petone Working Men’s Club this weekend. The free, R18 concert will take place on Sunday, January 22 from 7pm to 11pm. The band will be playing 1950s and ‘60s classics from such artists as Bill Hayley and the Comets, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee and Lesley Gore.
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Missing tools leave trail project unable to build tracks By Emma McAuliffe
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missing tools. “These donations are from local riders and others throughout the Wellington region and the country, as the park and its tracks are well known nationally,” he said. To help out the Wainuiomata Trail Project with their efforts head to www.givealittle.co.nz/ cause/wtp. For more information on the Wainuiomata Trail Project head to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ wainuiomatatrailproject/.
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of New Zealand at Scott Base. To celebrate the Lower Hutt War Memorial library will be having a viewing of the TEDxScott Base talk, a firstof-its-kind event on ice, broadcast around the world. Speakers include a former NASA astronaut, an NZ singer-songwriter and a geophysicist studying polar ice sheets. The free, all ages event will take place on Sunday, January 22 from 1pm to 5.30pm.
Goals talk Youth are invited to attend a motivational goal setting evening to be held at the Pelorus Trust Sports House, on Hutt Park Road in Lower Hutt. The event, catered for youth aged 10 plus and their parents will feature speakers including Billy Graham, Nathan Martin and Jess O’Sullivan. The event takes place on Sunday, February 12 from 5pm to 8pm. Gold coin entry with all proceeds to go to the Key to Life Charitable trust. To register head to Eventfinda.
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