Exceptional Hamiltonians to receive Civic Awards


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10 December 2013

A long-serving St John volunteer, a dedicated zoo host and a local rugby league club founder will be among the 13 recipients of the 2013 Hamilton Civic Awards this week.

The Civic Awards recognise the efforts of tireless and proactive residents who have undertaken considerable voluntary work throughout their lives.

This year’s recipients were selected prior to this year’s election by a panel comprising of Mayor Julie Hardaker, Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman, and Councillors Martin Gallagher and Pippa Mahood, and were ratified by full Council on 28 November.

Mayor Julie Hardaker says: “The recipients of the 2013 Civic Awards are exceptional people who have made a positive impact on our city through their hard work and commitment.

“These Awards are our city’s way of honouring these people and all their hard work. Our city thanks them and congratulates them on this special day.”

The Civic Awards will be presented during an Extraordinary Council Meeting this Friday, 13 December from 2.30pm in Council Chamber.




Maureen Leong


Service to the community including 25 years teaching Tai Chi, as a Member of NZ Chinese Assn for more than 20 years, advisor and translator for new Chinese immigrants and a midwife.

Arthur Leong


Service to the community through sport including as a physical educator in schools, a Tai Chi tutor, life member of the Waikato Secondary Schools Athletics Assn, and soccer representative. Also a volunteer in the Chinese community.

David Fowler


Service to the arts community including as President of the Friends of Waikato Museum, Founder of the Waikato Bequests Trust, spokesperson for Claudelands Heritage, art educator and theatre practitioner

Kenneth Lynn


Service to the community through his involvement with the chess community, including as President of the Hamilton Chess Club, chess teacher, founder of the Junior Chess Club and holder of Coaches Count Award.

Pera Paekau

& Sport

Service to the community and sport including as founder/Chairperson of Hamilton City Tigers, volunteer for Te Whare o Te Ata, Waikato Rugby League Board and youth volunteer.

Fiona Murdoch


Service to the arts community including as Founder/Director of Dance Folkus,

President of Folk Dance NZ, member of Celtic Art & Heritage Waikato and guest choreographer for University of Waikato.

Murray Dear


Service to the community including as Vice President and president of Diabetes Waikato, chair of Community Health (Diabetes), National President of Diabetes NZ and Chair of the Diabetes Youth Committee.

Lynn Falconer

& Community

Service to the environment and community including as volunteer host at Hamilton Zoo for 10 years, Cub Scout Leader, a member of the Board of Trustees at Fairfield College, Victim Support Volunteer, a member of the Arthritis Support Group Committee and newsletter editor of the NZ Society of Genealogists.

Peg (Margaret) de Winton

Sport & Community

Service to the community, including as a volunteer for St Pauls Rowing, leader for Brownies and Girl Guides for 12 years, patron for St Pauls Rowing, musician in the Hamilton Citizens band and accompanist for the Junior Band.

Lou Zampese


Service to the community through 45 years as a St John volunteer, Area Chaplain to St John, counsellor, music leader at St Columbas and Facilitator of marriage preparation courses.

Marian Carmichael


Service to the community including as a volunteer for the Presbyterian Op Shop and Transit Lounge at Waikato Hospital, an elder at St Andrews Church and a community volunteer.

Bill Mischefski


Service to the community, including as an RSA volunteer carrying out hospital and rest home visits, a volunteer for the Masters Games, Kiwi Pro-Am Country Music and other community events, a member of the RSA Indoor Bowls Club and a member of the Kings Empire Veterans.

Bevan Bradding

People and Wellbeing

Service to the community, including 10 years involvement with Riding for Disabled, Hamilton East Lions and Waitetuna Lodge Appeal.

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