Volunteers representing community, recreation and environmental groups from throughout the region were honoured by the Rodney Local Board recently.
Board chair Beth Houlbrooke thanked them for getting stuck in to many projects that, without their efforts, might never get done, or at least be severely delayed.
“It’s humbling and inspiring to see how dedicated volunteers improve people’s lives by giving their time and resources so generously, often to many different groups,” she said.
The volunteers received certificates, enjoyed an afternoon tea and heard a presentation about bats from Auckland Council’s senior biodiversity advisor, Ben Paris.
Warkworth volunteer Roger Williams said it was gratifying to be recognised and enjoyable to meet others.
“It’s amazing to look around at the volunteers here and then multiply that number by 10, which gives you some idea of the many volunteers in the community,” he said. “What is equally amazing is the diverse tasks that they all do.”
Representatives attended from organisations including Albertland & Districts Museum & Heritage Centre; Goodall Reserve; Kowhai Art & Craft; Leigh Hall; Lions Clubs Zone 4 Rodney; Mahu Vision Community Trust; Mahurangi Community Sport & Recreation Collective; Mahurangi East Community Centre; Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers; Mahurangi Wastebusters; Matakana Community Group; Matheson Bay Neighbourhood; Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust; Omaha Beach Reserve; Puhoi Community Forum; Ranfurly Hall; Sandspit SOS; Springboard Community Works; Tapora Citizens and Ratepayers; Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society; Warkworth District Museum; Warkworth Forest and Bird; Warkworth Town Hall Restoration Trust; Wellsford Community Centre; Warkworth Wellsford Hospice; Whangateau Harbour Care; Whangateau Residents and Ratepayers; and Whangateau Hall.