Time to recognise long years of service

Two more Southlanders have received honours at investiture ceremonies at Government House this week.

Gore man John James Tutty was recognised with a Queens Service Medal for his services to the New Zealand Fire Service.

Mr Tutty has been involved with the Fire Service for 50 years and is the Gore brigade's longest serving member.

As well as attending numerous emergencies, he has been extensively involved in fire education and prevention programmes for local schools and community groups.

He has also been involved with the Eastern Southland Tennis Club as a player, coach and administrator and has been a member of the Gore Community Patrol.

Christopher Haines, of Invercargill, received his Queens Service Medal, for services to education.

His involvement with schools has spanned more than 21 years and includes time on various school boards of trustees and service as chairman of the Trinity Schools board, which encompasses St Joseph's Invercargill, St Patrick's Nightcaps and St Teresa's in Bluff.

He was elected to the Southland region executive of the New Zealand School Trustees Association in 1996 and has served as chairman since 1998. He was a member of the national executive from 1998 to 2000, deputy president from 2000 to 2004 and president from 2004 to 2006. He has served on the national board since 2006.

The Southland Times