Former mayor credits those who drove projects

Former Timaru mayor Janie Annear was "humbled and very honoured" on hearing she has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to local government in the New Year Honours.

"The news came as a total shock to me. I had no idea at all," Annear said.

She attributed the award to the people who backed her during her mayoralty, from 2004 to 2013.

"This sort of achievement is seldom driven by one person. It's about the community and the wonderful people who have driven these projects, not just me."

Annear served three terms as mayor of the Timaru District Council, and in that time led major projects including the upgrading of the Caroline Bay walkways and the building of the $23 million aquatic centre.

She established the Aquatic Supporters Club, which raised $8m towards the building of CBay. She was also instrumental in developing the zero waste concept at Redruth, a New Zealand first for local government.

Annear was elected chair of Timaru District Holdings in 2004 and appointed a director of the Local Government New Zealand KiwiSaver Superannuation Scheme in 2011.

She has been a member of the Food Standards Authority and was appointed to the Lottery Significant Facility Fund and the Lottery Major Community Facility Fund in 2010.

More recently she was involved in the Port of Tauranga strategic alliance with PrimePort Timaru.

"I think of all the people in communities all over New Zealand who have done amazing things, and I'm very humbled to be recognised among them," she said.

The Timaru Herald