Community stalwarts honoured

GLENN CONWAY
Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013
Murray Giera
MURRAY GIERA: Dedicated to community service

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Many Cantabrians were recognized for their services to the people.

Some of them include: 

The Queen's Service Medal (QSM) Stuart Batty, for services to the community: A hospital chaplain's assistant, he has served on the boards of churches, hospitals, recreational and sporting groups and youth hostels.

Batty is a former Rotary district governor and has spent the past 35 years volunteering in the non-governmental (NGO) sector in New Zealand, Pacific countries and across Africa. He has co-ordinated several appeals including those related to the earthquakes in Canterbury and Haiti.

The late Murray Giera, for services to the community: The man behind Christchurch's Science Alive! Centre. He was also one of the founders of the 6A drop-in centre for street kids and the homeless in the early 1970s.

Giera died on December 20 and his honour took effect from December 19.

He coached rugby and rowing and also served a seven-year term on the St John of God Health and Disability Board in the 1990s and spent nine years chairing the Diocesan management and finance board of his church.

Giera was an active member in the real estate community, sitting on the Real Estate Institute committee, a former chairman of the New Zealand First National Real Estate group and an elected member of the Real Estate Licensing Board.

Lyn Holland, for services to education and the community: A hard-working member of the Girl Guides movement since 1954, she was also a senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at Lincoln University from 1980 to 1997.

Holland also served on the Rangi Ruru Girls' School board of governors for 10 years, chairing it for most of that time.

Her community service also includes managing the Canterbury competition for the New Zealand schools chamber music competition and being an active fundraiser for the Christchurch Art Gallery, Second Chance Education for Women and the Court Theatre.

Stephen Johnston, for services to surf lifesaving: An administrator at the Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club since 1970, he has held almost every possible position in the organisation.

Johnston received his instructors' certificate in 1972 and has since examined hundreds of lifeguards and has been continuously involved in retaining and educating lifeguards.

During his time patrolling Waimairi Beach, he has saved 105 distressed swimmers from drowning and often patrolled beyond his scheduled patrol times if conditions were dangerous and swimmers remained there.

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He has also represented Canterbury and New Zealand at surf lifesaving, winning numerous titles at provincial and national level.

George Maskill, for services to education: One of the longest-serving principals on the West Coast, he was in charge of schools for 35 years, including 25 years at Karoro School.

He also helped establish the West Coast Principals' Association and played a key role in giving principals and other West Coast-based education leaders a voice in the sector.

Maskill was instrumental in many schooling improvement projects including Development West Coast's literacy initiative and he has anchored other projects.

A first-time principal mentor for the University of Auckland's residential programme, he is now a commissioner for West Coast schools.

Marguerite Moore, for services to women's health: A staff nurse in the Kawatiri maternity annexe at Buller Hospital from 1968 until 1991, Moore has been extensively involved in health services on the West Coast for decades.

An elected board member on the West Coast District Health Board for one term, she also served 2 years on the local stakeholder group.

Moore also worked as a voluntary co-ordinator of the Kids'n'Coffee and Oasis playgroups from 1994 to 2010, helping fill a need for more pre-school education support services in Westport. She has also been a member of the Kawatiri Maori Women's Welfare League since 1997.

Chris Price, for services to the New Zealand Fire Service: An Ashburton-based station officer, he has served on that town's volunteer fire brigade for more than 32 years.

A former president of the Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades' Association executive, he has also served the top roles on the board of the United Fire Brigades' Association.

Price helped oversee the World Road Rescue Challenge, a high-profile event within the international fire and rescue community and has been heavily involved as a competitor in competitions at local and national levels.

He still volunteers as an official at firefighting competitions and is a trustee of the United Fire Brigades' Association's benevolent fund which provides financial help to firefighters experiencing hardship.

Linda Tame, for services to education: Tame retired earlier this year as principal at Lincoln High School after 17 years in the top job.

She started her teaching career at Aranui High School before heading the mathematics department at Mairehau High School for six years.

She spent seven years on the executive of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand, working in the areas of technology and property.

Tame was a key player in an initiative between Lincoln High School and the Asia Pacific Football Academy that offered fulltime schooling to talented young soccer players from Asia and the Pacific.

She is a member of the Canterbury Youth Futures Group and the Lincoln University Council.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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