South Taranaki's Vounteer Champion
21-27 June 2020 was National Volunteers Week - a great opportunity to remember the unsung heroes in our midst who work away in the background, keeping our communities ticking away and our group and organisations functioning.
For many years the Mayor of South Taranaki District Council has hosted a morning or afternoon tea to demonstrate and give thanks to our volunteers.
This year because of Covid19 and the restrictions around gathering etc a search for our own good sorts, capeless crusaders and volunteer superheroes was conducted and residents were asked to nominate their person or group of choice.
“It’s been an inspiring role to be on the deliberating panel,” says Mayor Phil. "People are amazing.”
Representatives from the four South Taranaki community boards met with the Mayor to sift through the nominations. Finalists were chosen to represent each ward and a “victor” was chosen from these finalists. Read the profiles below and listen to the announcement of the Superhero of Superheroes.
All volunteers are the stars of our district. Every single person nominated had stories of selfless contribution and a list of organisations they supported, giving time, energy and often their own money to a cause they believe in.
“It was interesting to note that most people who made a nomination were also volunteers, and their efforts are also hugely appreciated,” he says. “Thank you to each and every one of you for being part of this search. It is an honour to celebrate and recognise these superheroes in our district. South Taranaki is a better place to be because of these contributions.”
Read more about our finalists here:
- Owen Savage, Waverley
- Peter and Jillian Williams, Hāwera
- John Cooper, Hāwera (but works in Eltham and around the Maunga)
- David Knapman, Taranaki Coastal, asked not to be interviewed and will continue his good work quietly and in the background.