Top community givers rewarded

02:13, Nov 07 2012
Community awards
Generous individuals: Recipients of awards for their commitment to the community are, from left, Michael Hurst, Shona and Ron Gillespie, Lions Club of Seaward Kaikoura president Diane Rossiter, Lions Club of Seaward Kaikoura president) Marie Davidson (on behalf of her late husband Murray), Viv Butcher, Lions Club Kaikoura president Kevin Smith, Lions Club Kaikoura president) Abernethy, Kaikoura Youth Council chairperson Amber Priddle. Kaikoura Youth Council chairperson). Photos: EMMA DANGERFIELD

The triennial mayor's community recognition and service awards were presented on Friday evening at the Kaikoura Memorial Hall.

About 150 people attended the event, with awards given for academic achievements, trade qualifications, volunteer work and commitment to helping others within the community.

Though he was disappointed that a large number of people had not managed to attend the ceremony, Mayor Winston Gray said those there had a good time and it was good to recognise the efforts of individuals within the community. Some recipients were overseas or out of town, he said.

Kaikoura MP Colin King, local business owner Belinda Rickerby, and former building inspector Neville Burnby were on hand to present some of the awards, and entertainment came in the form of guest speaker and owner-operator of Maori Tours Kaikoura Maurice Manawatu and young local musicians and dancers.

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