Four outstanding people have been honoured for their services to the community good. New Year Honours have been bestowed on Rodney residents Stephen Munn, Craig Walker, and Allan Pengelly, and Hibiscus Coast identity Joan Marks.
Community service earns Joan Marks of Whangaparaoa the Queen's Service Medal.
Mrs Marks has contributed 54 years to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has been involved in fundraising for various charities, including the Asthma Society.
She has been the honorary auditor for 23 non-profit groups, including the Hibiscus Coast Victim Support Group, since the early 1990s.
As Justice of the Peace for more than 28 years, Mrs Marks has witnessed documents for more than 5000 people and has been a marriage celebrant for 20 years.
The treasurer of the Stanmore Bay Community Centre, the Whangaparaoa Community Patrol Charitable Trust and Whangaparaoa Ladies Probus over the years, Mrs Marks has also volunteered for six years with the Hibiscus Coast Blue Light.
Mrs Marks was secretary and treasurer of the Te Awatea Rebecca Lodge for 23 years.
She was recognised by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board at the 2013 Community Volunteers Awards.
- Rodney Times
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