Citizens’ efforts recognised

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Five North Otago citizens were recognised for their contribution to the community in Oamaru yesterday.

Heather Familton (Palmerston), Margaret Jamison (Round Hill/Reidston), Flora ‘Ina’ Munro (Rugged Ridges, Kurow), June Taylor (Kurow) and Edward ‘Ted’ Tempero (Oamaru) were awarded Waitaki District Council Citizen’s Awards in a ceremony at the Opera House.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher thanked the recipients for their excellent contribution to the district.

Mr Kircher read out the citation which accompanied Mrs Munro’s award.

A physiotherapist, Mrs Munro was a health advocate for Waitaki and the Waitaki Valley.

The range of her activities covered running ante and post natal clinics for women, serving on the district health board, volunteering for the Kurow and Otematata rugby clubs and playing an active role in the St Andrew’s and St Stephen’s Presbyterian churches.

She advocated for the district’s elderly and was instrumental in securing a retirement home in Kurow after having made a personal appeal to the Prime Minister of the day, Robert Muldoon.

Waitaki councillor Hugh Perkins read the citation for former mayoress, Heather Familton.

Mrs Familton had an earlier involvement in Women’s Division of Federated Farmers, helped with meals on wheels and school camps, was prominent as a cattle breeder and was a supportive principal’s wife.

She played a major role during her husband Alex Familton’s terms as Waitaki mayor from 2007 to 2013. A very private person, she was thrust into a very public role.

Cr Sharyn Price read the citation for Margaret Jamison. A trained florist, Mrs Jamison and her family came to the Waitaki district 20 years ago from Hurunui. She has been active in WDFF (now Rural Women), Plunket, school boards, St John, Weston church, Totora Estate and Victorian Wardrobe. She has been generous with her time for the Waitaki Woodturners Guild and is a volunteer ambassador in Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct.

The chairman of the Ahuriri Community Board Graham Sullivan read the citation for June Taylor. Mrs Taylor has made a varied contribution to the Kurow/Hakataramea communities with Plunket, the Waitaki Collie Club, the Presbyterian Church as an elder and marriage celebrant, and Kurow Rugby Club. Mr Sullivan said Mrs Taylor’s cooking was “world famous in New Zealand.” She had also helped revive a popular flower show in the area.

Cr Colin Wollstein read the citation for Ted Tempero. A member of Oamaru’s Union Cricket Club since 1957, Mr Tempero has been given life memberships of both the North Otago and Otago cricket associations for his contribution to the sport. He was also awarded an International Cricket centennial medal in 2009. He has been involved in cricket as a player, administrator and project manager. Among his many deeds on behalf of cricket was working on three upgrades of his clubrooms, the development of Centennial Park as a first class venue and organising tournaments.

By CHRIS TOBIN