Volunteers back bone of our community
Local volunteers are the backbone of this community and it is timely to see such recognition of all services. Mahoenui residents Lynette and Dion Adams have been awarded the St Johns Priory in New Zealand honour . One of only four awards presented nationally, this is a gratifying feat for this couple and their selfless contributions to the Mokau, Awakino and Piopio areas.
Selected from thousands of nominated members, a scrupulous process looked at the couples contributions towards St Johns and Dions’ recent joining of the Piopio Fire Brigade.
Having the approval of New Zealand's Governor-General Hon .Dame Patsy Reddy and confirmation from Queen Elizabeth II, the value of receiving this award is significant.
Lynettes’ role as the Mokau branch team leader and key driver for the rebuild of the new Mokau St Johns base also sees her on call along with her crew to attend medical call outs. Even Lynette's stardom in the Lotto community television adverts puts the seaside community on the map.
Together the couple are known to put others before themselves both on the job and with community events and fundraisers they involve themselves in.
Representatives from the Piopio Fire Brigade and local St Johns crews attended the surprise celebration.
Ironically St Johns Te Kuiti manager Irene Straker summed it up, “small rural towns do not have all the bells and whistles, but what we do have is spirit and that’s what pulls rural New Zealand together”.