11 April 2013
Hamilton City Council today honoured several special members of the community.
At a full council meeting, Mayor Julie Hardaker bestowed the title of Ambassador of Hamilton on Archbishop David Moxon.
Archbishop Moxon heads to Rome next month to be the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Pope and the Vatican.
It is the first time the Council has officially awarded this title which is made to individuals representing the interests of Hamilton at a national or international level.
Archbishop Moxon’s role in Rome is to act as an ambassador between the Vatican, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the wider Anglican community.
Mayor Hardaker said Archbishop Moxon possessed a conciliatory and sensible approach to the challenges faced in society and thanked him for his support for Hamilton.
"You have played an enormous role in our city. I can recall many times you have spoken with an amazing calming voice and brought your respectful and considered views to problems. You are taking on a role our city can be hugely proud of.”
Leo Tooman was also thanked for his enormous contribution to traffic policing in the Waikato.
Inspector Tooman retired this month after a 48-year career. He was Chief Traffic Officer for Hamilton, then for Waikato and then District Manager for the Ministry of Transport.
In 2000 he took over as Waikato Road Policing Manager setting up the Waikato Highway Patrol base.
Mayor Hardaker said Inspector Tooman had been extremely influential in lowering the road toll in the region and his input was very much valued and respected by local authorities.
Arthur Pitcher, who last month retired as general manager of SkyCity Hamilton, was formally thanked for his involvement in the Hamilton community in sports, recreation and charity functions.
Under Mr Pitcher’s leadership, SkyCity had made generous donations to many events including the Chinese Lantern Festival, the Garden Place ice rink and Northern Districts Cricket.
“Hamilton has benefited immensely from this contribution. Your quiet, respectful and positive manner is appreciated by all.”
Mayor Hardaker also acknowledged Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman who recently received an honorary fellowship from Wintec.
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