Manurewa salutes volunteers

Publish Date : 05 Sep 2022
Residents who give their time to help others were celebrated at the Manurewa Local Board Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Clendon’s Pride Project and Manurewa’s Ricky Penney and Marlins Rugby League Club were a force to be reckoned with at Manurewa Local Board’s Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Held at the Manurewa Sports Centre, the awards are based on community nominations and celebrate the work volunteers do, and the contribution they make.

Board Chair Joseph Allan says the volunteers recognised added their names to a long history of people working to serve their community.

“These are the people who are unpaid but who find or make the time to help, whether it be at a grassroots sporting level or being the support that’s needed at hard times. These are the people we are blessed to have because they make our community a caring and loving place.”

Ricky Penney received a service award, another for his environmental work, was also part of the Manurewa Lions Club – which received a leadership award; and was a supreme award winner.

Pride Project volunteers picked up several service awards, and a leadership award, while Karla and Rusty Matua were recognised for their outstanding service to the Marlins, a club that sits at the heart of the community.

Raewyne Ratu, who has been active in Manurewa and across the wider South Auckland area, was also named a supreme winner, for her tireless work with women coping with trying circumstances.

Clendon's Pride Project volunteers received several nominations from the local community.

Clendon's Pride Project volunteers received several nominations from the local community.

Acts of Service

  • Agnes Koti - coach, referee and mentor at Manurewa Marlins
  • Alisher and Parnell Kaumavae - under 13 Marlins
  • Carla Hayes - chair Manurewa Junior Rugby and Manurewa West Primary board of trustees
  • Devida Hati-Ross - netball, touch, tag and league
  • Grant McMillan - James Cook High principal and RSA services
  • Heather McLeod - Pride Project supporter
  • Jasmine Edward - Pride Project emerging leader
  • Johnny Blakelock - Marlins’ coaching
  • Juanita Woodhouse - rugby league champion
  • Lillian Brown - five years of Pride Project mahi
  • Lillian Cattell - lifelong commitment to Manurewa netball
  • Peter Tala Lafaele - sports coaching
  • Phylis Latu - Marlins’ support
  • Raewyne Ratu - supporting women in difficulty
  • Haki Te Paea - Pride Project volunteer
  • Ricky Penney - community service
  • Sarah Laumatia - netball services
  • Matua Stan Brown - Pride Project gardener and volunteer
  • Stefarn lambert - Pride Project volunteer
  • Zahng Gil-jah - blood donations organiser.

Environmental Pride

  • Ricky Penney - plants and harvests kai, community gardens, teacher
  • WeLoveU Foundation - community clean-ups
  • Marshall Walia - Beautification trust volunteer.

Leading the Way

  • Manurewa Lions Club - fundraising, community projects, fruit tree donations, music scholarships, food parcel support, hospital services support, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Waka of Caring - services to homeless
  • World Mission Society Church of God - 1000 trees planted in Manurewa
  • Manurewa Marlins - community service through rugby league
  • Pride Project - Whare Tautoko giving room, kai parcels, tool library, community gardens.

Young person

  • Israel Meredith – youth advocate.

Supreme Awards

  • Ricky Penney
  • Raewyne Ratu.

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