We have an incredible community, and 2017 has seen a haul of many awards that we should all be proud of. Here are a selection of just some of the prestigious acknowledgments made this year.
1. Terry Hatch received an Order of Merit for his service to horticulture and conservation. He has worked on local projects including planting pohutukawa and rata along the Awhitu coastline, in Project Crimson.
2. Karaka’s Judge Charles Blackie was named as a recipient of the Queen’s Service Order his services to the judiciary and the community.
3. Rongokino (George) Ngatai was a recipient of the New Years Honours in 2017 for his service to Maori and the community.
4. Innovation for their social media marketing saw Fiona Logie and Debbie Penhale come away with a top award at the Meadow Fresh Cafe of the Year competition.
5. Chelsea Twiss, a former Pukekohe High School student came first in the NZQA Printmaking Outstanding Scholarship exam, the top of all level three NCEA students.
6. Fraser and Amber Carpenter were named 2017 Auckland/ Hauraki Share milker of the year.
7. Lianna Shaw from Pukekohe Christian School won the Eye on Nature Wearable Arts competition for the second year in a row.
Waiuku College’s Olivia King was awarded a commendation from the Paterson Burn Optometrists’ Excellence in Art competition.
After six years as a member of St John, Georgia Leaning achieved the highest award that a cadet in the youth division can receive, the Grand Prior badge.
Anouk van Dijk won her second national competition for 2017, winning the AMS Music, NZ music month competition with her song ‘99 days’.
Franklin musicians were awarded with Kieran Jepson from Waiuku College who won the APRA Lyric Award at SmokeFree Rockquest. At the Pacifica Beats event, Pukekohe High School’s Cadex won the People’s Choice award and Dodavah Niko, from Cadex won Smokefree Best Vocals Award.
Doug Crowther of Tuakau Lions won the Lions Clubs International Environmental Photo contest capturing two starlings in aerial combat, in his backyard.
Kate Broadbent, owner of Nikau Coopworth was recognised at the Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s Sheep Industry Awards for work on parasite resistance.
Nineteen year old Matt Henderson was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Counties Manukau Police, for saving a woman’s life at Port Waikato’s Sunset Beach earlier in March.
Sam Gray from Tuakau came second place in the Auckland region ‘Checker of the Year’
Mike Marr of Pukekohe was awarded a Medallion for Entrepreneurship from business honour society Beta Gamma Sigma, one of two in the world given out this year.
Pukekohe photographer Harry Janssen was awarded Grand Master at the National Iris Awards.
Charlotte Muir was one of ten authors chosen to have a story published in Barfoot and Thompson’s Young Authors Challenge for 2017.
Three of Pukekohe’s finest bakeries came away with placings at the Bakel’s Pie awards: Crown Bakery & Coffee, Counties Bakery and Target Bakehouse & Cafe.
Waiuku College’s Tiaki group took park for the first time, and won the senior category with their horizontal hive for bees.
Pokeno Bacon were awarded for their Italian Streaky bacon at a national competition.
Waiuku sculptor Fred Graham received Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (Supreme Award) at the 2017 Te Waka Toi Awards for excellence in Māori Art.
The Tuakau Clean Up and Planting Group was named the winner of the Community Environmental Initiative Award.
Maria and Abigail Vincent from Franklin Woodturners Club were awarded for being at the top of their category, nationwide.
Bridget Van Velthuizen received her Queen’s Scout Award, the highest accomplishment a Scout can acquire.
Pukekohe Intermediate teacher Nicola Gibson was bestowed the Jim Campbell Award for Excellence in Teaching, by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics.
John Allen of the Awhitu Rural Fire Force clocked up 25 years of service with the organisation in November 2017.
Christine Cowell, Valerie and John Robinson, and Leanne McMurtrie were all recognised for their commitment to the community at the Kiwi Bank local Hero awards.
For the second time running, Nick’s Cafe in Waiuku was named as the winner of the People’s Choice for the Auckland Region.
Dheru ‘Dee’ Makan, a Tuakau Lions member, received the Melvin Jones award for his service to the community.
Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service won the iconic BP New Zealand IRB Championships held at Waipu Cove.
Liam Hagenson won the award for Best Stage Management for Duets at the Auckland Community Theatre Awards.
Te Whangai Charitable Trust won the region’s “Hill Laboratories Harvest Award”.
79 year old Murray Jamieson from Waiuku won the James Reid Memorial ploughing cup.