Local Coastguard hero honoured

 

 

A reluctant hero, humbled by all the accolades and the awards he has received. However all Waiuku Coastguard’s President Nigel Griffiths wants is for people to be safe on the water, to wear their life jackets and make their bar crossing reports, rather than focus on these awards.

Talking to Nigel you sense his sadness at what has been a tragic year for boaties on both the Manukau Bar and the Waikato River. Nigel has been on all these call outs where a number of people lost their lives. When his pager rings out it could mean anything from three hours to nine away from work. Nigel, each and every time is one of the first to arrive at the base, ready for what ever challenges the call out may bring.
His dedication, willingness to serve others, his calm, patient, humble approach to everything has been recognised with a number of awards this year.
Nigel was awarded 2015 Unit Support Volunteer of the Year and named the supreme winner, Dr John Taylor Volunteer of the Year both presented to him by Coastguard Northern Region. Nigel, who recently got married, was away on his honeymoon when it was announced that he had won both those awards. Locally he was awarded Skipper of the Year for Coastguard Waiuku and elected as the President at the AGM.
Nigel was then awarded a Kiwi Bank Local Hero of the Year medal last week for his service and dedication to his local community.

 

 

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