Civic Awards honour commitment to community


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8 December 2011

A junior club rugby stalwart, a life member of the Lions Club and a long-serving Hamilton dance tutor and choreographer will be among the recipients of the 2011 Hamilton Civic Awards this week.

The Awards will be presented on Friday morning (9 December) Council Chamber, and recognise the efforts of a range of residents who have undertaken considerable voluntary work throughout their lives.

This year’s recipients were selected by a panel comprising Mayor Julie Hardaker, Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman and Councillors Pippa Mahood and Martin Gallagher.

In the Arts and Culture category, Jane Barnett will be honoured for her long involvement with Riverlea Theatre and Musikmakers, alongside dance tutor and Drury Lane Dance Studio co-owner Kerry Davis. Alister Williamson will also be recognised for his long service to the local theatre community.

Rawinia Peters has been closely involved with junior rugby in the region for more than 20 years, and is one of two recipients in the Sport category.

There seven recipients in the People and Wellbeing Category, including Brian Jesty (service to the community including Lions Club, Presbyterian Support and St Andrew’s Church), and his late wife Jean Jesty (service to the community including Girl Guides, Presbyterian Support and St Andrew’s Church). Mrs Jesty’s award will be accepted by her daughter Suzanne Goodall.

Mayor Julie Hardaker says: “The people receiving the 2011 Civic Awards are great examples of what it means to be committed to our community and to the voluntary organisations serving Hamilton and Waikato so well. It is a proud day for them and they deserve the city’s most important honour.”

Mayor Hardaker will present the awards on Friday, 9 December, from 10am, in the Council Chamber.

Mrs Jane Barnett​ Arts and Culture​ More than 20 years involvement with Musikmakers and Riverlea Theatre.​
Ms Kerry Davis Arts and Culture​ More than 20 years involvement as a tutor, mentor and choreographer for dance and performing arts.
Mr Brian Jesty People and Wellbeing Service to the community including Lions Club, Presbyterian Support, St Andrew’s Church.
Mrs Jean Jesty People and Wellbeing Service to the community including Girl Guides, Presbyterian Support, St Andrews church (awarded posthumously) accepted by daughter Suzanne Goodall.
Mr Merv Kelman People and Wellbeing Service to the community including Lions Club, Citizens Advice Bureau interviewer, volunteer advocacy trainer, Hamilton Seniornet, and volunteer shuttlebug driver for Waikato Hospital. 
Mr Rangi Manihera People and Wellbeing Service to community including cultural advisor to CCS Action Waikato, Life Unlimited, Enable NZ, and a Kaumatua for Rauawaawa Charitable Trust. 
Mrs Rawinia Peters Sport More than 20 years involved in sports from playing, coaching, committee membership, chairperson, fund raising, and assisting in the growth of junior rugby in the Waikato.
Emeritus Professor Theo Roy Education Service to the academic community including the founding Professor of Politics at Waikato University, mentored and supported many students, and lectured on politics and religion to the wider community.
Mr Warren Stace Environment Service to the environment including Treasurer of Tui 2000, member of Waiwhakareke Advisory Group, NZ Founders Society, Lions club, Barrett Bush and Maungakawa Scenic reserve restoration.
Mr Peter Smits Animal Care More than 25 years caring for Birds and Reptiles at Hamilton Zoo. Assisted in the care and rearing of native and endangered species.
Mrs Dorothy Wilson People and Wellbeing Service to the community including Treasurer of Whatawhata Women’s Institute, St Clare’s Parish, and volunteer for Presbyterian Support charity shop.
Mr Philip Yeung People and Wellbeing Service to ethnic communities and groups, including migrants and refugees, as well as international students and positive contributions to race relations in Hamilton.
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