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Civic award recipients announced

Palmerston North
17 September 2010

Five members of the community will receive Civic Honours in a ceremony to be held at the Palmerston North Convention Centre on 28 September.

Palmerston North's Mayor, Jono Naylor, announced that three individuals and one couple will be honoured for their contributions to the community at a civic reception which he will host.

"Cities are held together by more than mortar and concrete. The resilience of a city lives in the heart of its volunteer community," says Mr Naylor.

"Each year the Civic Awards go to people whose actions over a long period of time demonstrate them to be generous and inspirational. These are people who motivate and galvanise others in their vision of what a better tomorrow might be. "

"We are really proud to be able to honour this years recipients, and the awards acknowledge a diverse range of community work that includes; championship and preservation of one of the city's most beloved buildings, community action, environmental championship, fundraising for the ill and disadvantaged, involvement in the arts, looking after the finances of voluntary groups and roles in service clubs and support for sport."

"This annual award ceremony is a reminder of how many good people contribute to making our city and district a resilient, self reliant community. Every community is a network of relationships. This year's civic award recipients are people who are relationship builders; people who not only work for the greater good, but who take others along for the ride."

"We are pleased to announce that the 2010 Palmerston North Civic Honours will be presented to:

Maurice Rowe is honoured for his contribution toward saving, restoring and bringing to life the Regent Theatre. Mr Rowe is also honoured for his generous contribution to numerous voluntary and sporting organisations for whom he and his law firm have provided many hours of pro bono legal work.

Douglas Brew is honoured for his outstanding skills as an organiser of volunteers for big annual charity events and his ability to raise money for charity. Mr Brew has also made a significant contribution to club rugby in the wider region.

John Reddiex is honoured for his work as a treasurer for numerous community organisations. Mr Reddiex's has a reputation for consistently providing timely and accurate financial reporting and clean audit reports. He has steered some groups through fiscally troubled times, grown the bank balances for others and generally allowed his volunteer colleagues to focus on their charitable work rather than have to worry about the state of their organisation's finances. Mr Reddiex is also living proof that disability is not a barrier to being a significant community contributor.

Marilyn & Bruce Bulloch are joint recipients of a Civic Award for their community contribution of 30 years. This is the third time Civic Honour Awards have been granted to a couple. The Bullochs are honoured as a couple for work for the Awapuni ward, Sustainable Manawatu, Red Cross, Environment Network Manawatu, Environmental Trust, Railway Land Action and as individuals for neighbourhood Support (Marilyn) and the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association (Bruce)."


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