Waiuku’s Nigel Griffiths scoops two awards



Nigel Griffiths from Coastguard Waiuku, was recently awarded the Unit Support Volunteer of the Year Award.
Nigel has been described a stalwart figure in his unit, as well as in the Region.
As the community liaison officer, he works closely with all elements of the community, other rescue organisations, sponsors, schools and the general public.
With 2015 being a dramatic year for the Waiuku unit, Nigel has been a consistent figure at most call outs and according to Coastguard ‘he handles assigned tasks professionally, with a smile, and with the pride of entire unit.’
“His personable nature allows him to work well with others, and remain calm in tense situations. His enthusiasm and passion makes him deserving of this award”.
At the AGM held last month, Nigel was elected President of the Waiuku Unit, and is also the Unit Training Officer, as such he takes pride in the safety, equipment, and crew of his loyal Unit.
“When on a call out, no matter what the conditions or the situation, he’s always helping, talking to crew, and always making sure everyone is taken care of. He attends all training sessions, meetings and training days that are available.”
To top it all off, Nigel was also selected by the judges as this year’s overall supreme winner of the Dr John Taylor Volunteer of the Year Award, for handling assigned tasks professionally and with a smile.
In addition to his Waiuku unit work, Nigel currently sits on the Coastguard Northern Region Board. He has also been a key part of Tasman Operations – all of which he fits in around his main commitment to his Unit and community.
Congratulations to Nigel Griffiths of Coastguard Waiuku!

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