Special award for GP's long service to St John

Retired Temuka doctor Rodger Hilliker has been recognised for his almost half a century of service to St John.

For 49 years, he provided support, advice and training to St John in Temuka, and the organisation has recognised that dedication and service to the community with a special award, a St John Priory Vote of Thanks.

The award recognises people, institutions, incorporated societies and businesses who have given conspicuous service to the Order of St John. It is an illuminated certificate signed by both the Prior of St John in New Zealand, Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and St John Chancellor, Garry Wilson.

Each certificate is sealed with the Priory of St John New Zealand seal. The award was first given more than a century ago.

Dr Hilliker began his involvement with St John in Temuka as a divisional surgeon with the then Temuka Combined St John Ambulance Division in 1962.

In that role he volunteered his time to train St John ambulance and youth volunteers in first aid. He also responded to accidents in the Temuka area, alongside the ambulance service.

From 1987, St John ambulance training became more internally focused, and Dr Hilliker moved on from the divisional surgeon role. He continued his links to St John until his retirement in 2010.

Dr Hilliker was in practise in Temuka for 50 years, and for some of that time was the town's only doctor. Last year he was made a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services as a general practitioner.

The Timaru Herald