New Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, presented John Harlick of Tuakau and Karnail Badhan of Pukekohe with their Queen Service Medals last Thursday, in the final investiture ceremonies for the year.
Held at Government House in Wellington, Mr Harlick was presented his QSM for services to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community, while Mr Badhan was awarded his for services to the Indian community.
Mr Harlick has served the Tuakau community as a volunteer fire fighter for more than 41 years and was awarded a gold star for 25 years of service in 1999. He has also overseen the running and operation of the neighbouring Port Waikato subsidiary brigade for 27 years.
He is an active fund-raiser in the community, giving tireless hours to support local organisations, schools and charitable events, and for 40 years has donated his time every Christmas morning to drive the fire engine for the Santa parade in Tuakau.
Mr Harlick is also involved with promoting fire safety through the educating of school pupils and the local community about fire safety measures, and installing smoke alarms in homes and businesses.
Mr Badhan is a founder and Life Member of the Ambedkar Sports & Cultural Club and has been President since 2014. He is also the current coach of the Club’s volley ball team and has been involved with fundraising for and organising the Club’s annual sports tournament in Pukekohe.
Mr Badhan is currently the National Coordinator for Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) New Zealand and a member of GOPIO International. He has been actively involved in GOPIO’s fundraising in New Zealand and contributed to the health and violence free homes seminars organised by GOPIO NZ.
Mr Badhan was Secretary of the Pukekohe Indian Association from 2011 to 2012 and President of GOPIO Pukekohe from 2010 to 2012.
The Post Newspaper would like to congratulate these two outstanding members of our local community.