Local body stalwart honoured
Milton man Juno Hayes plans to have a "wee quiet celebration" after being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
"It's quite humbling that people recognise the contribution you have made to the community," he said.
"I was quite blown away."
Hayes receives his honour for services to local government, involvement which stretches back to 1977 when he became a councillor of the Milton Borough.
He was mayor of the Bruce District Council from 1986 to 1989 before being involved in the amalgamation of the councils of Milton and Kaitangata boroughs and Bruce County.
He later served as councillor and deputy mayor of the Clutha District Council for nine years, before serving for 12 years as mayor.
He is a member of the Otago Mayoral Forum and Southland Shared Services Forum and has represented his district in various international gatherings.
Hayes' involvement in the community extends further than local government - he has been a member of Rotary International since 1969 and has been an ambulance driver with St John for more than 25 years.
He has also served on the St John executive and helped raise funds for a new ambulance.
He was also a committee member of the trust which set up the Milton Medical Centre and was chairman of a committee that raised $130,000 to cover the Milton swimming pool.
The Southland Times