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Meet the nominees for the
Volunteer Recognition Event 2023

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Grant Smith (not the mayor)

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Danielle Westwood

Whatunga Tūao | Volunteer Central

GirlGuiding New Zealand - Palmerston North & Feilding

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Lisa Nielsen

GirlGuiding New Zealand - Palmerston North & Feilding

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Feilding Health Shuttle Team

St John 

14 Manawatu PARS_Myra Shotton

Myra Shotton

Manawatu PARS

16 Manawatu PARS_Margaret-Anne Cook

Margaret-Anne Cook

17 ELP_Francelle Aiken

Francelle Aitken

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Trevor Dearlove

19 Mash Trust_Murray Matthews

Murray Matthews

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Tracey Greig and Harriet 

Manawatu PARS

English Language Partners, Palmerston North

English Language Partners, Palmerston North

Mash Trust

Mash Trust

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Lisa Gilligan


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Peter Alve

Age Concern Palmerston North & Districts

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Barbara McGowan


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Peter Curtis

Manawatū Blokart Club

40 Manawatū Blokart Club_Arron Schroder

Arron Schroder

Manawatū Blokart Club

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PN Repair Café

Environment Network Manawatū (ENM)

42 ENM_Stewart Harrex

Stewart Harrex

Environment Network Manawatū (ENM)

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Ryman Healthcare – Julia Wallace Retirement Village

The Ruahine Kiwi Project

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Barbara Wills

Neighbourhood Support Manawatū

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Dennis Dromgool

Palmerston North Community Patrol Charitable Trust

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Richard Ramson

Hiwinui Community Committee

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Esmee Rowden

NZ Red Cross

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Judie Campbell

NZ Red Cross

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Kevin Cameron

Palmerston North Community Patrol Charitable Trust

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Kate Ngai

Manawatu Multicultural Council

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Janetta Mandeno

Whatunga Tūao | Volunteer Central

03 Feilding&D Art Soc_Eris Newson.jpg

Eris Newson

Feilding and District Art Society

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Robyn Parkinson

Feilding and District Art Society

07 Shannon Kai Hub_Gaye Falkner.jpg

Gaye Falkner

Shannon Kai Hub

08 Shannon Kai Hub_Lynette Metcalfe.jpg

Lynette Metcalfe

Shannon Kai Hub

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Treva Wilson

Adult Day Club

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Cameron Jenkins

Manawatu Lesbian and Gay Rights Association

12 Malgra_Skye Shaddix.jpeg

Skye Shaddix

Manawatu Lesbian and Gay Rights Association

13 Settlers Care Trust_Sheena Kirkup.jpg

Sheena Kirkup

Settlers Care Trust

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Pat Debney


20 Feilding&Dist Rose Society_Gay Martin.jpg

Gay Martin

The Feilding District Rose Society and Garden Club

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Whatunga Tūao | Volunteer Central

Mash Trust

23 Rongotea Com Comm_Bryan Procter.jpg

Bryan Procter

Rongotea Community Committee

24 Rongotea Com Comm_Henry Wheeler.jpg

Henry Wheeler

Rongotea Community Committee


Phil Lamond

Senior Hub Feilding

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Paul Gwynne


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Lynne Ascroft

Palmerston North Street Van Inc.

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Adele Rostami


29 MentorEd_Sharon Williams.jpg

Sharon Williams


30 32 SQN ATCorps_Hazel Mulligan.jpg

Hazel Mulligan

32 SQN (Borough of Feilding) Air Training Corps

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Folole Muliaga

Amanaki STEM Academy

33 Settlers Care Trust_Mary West.JPG

Mary West

Settlers Care Trust

34 Horowhenua Kai Club_Dave Grant.jpg

Dave Grant

Horowhenua Kai Club


Kathriona Benvie

SuperGrans Manawatū

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The Ashhurst River Church

Age Concern PN and District

45 SPELADD NZ Inc_Allan Welch.jpg

Allan Welch


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Jan Lockhart

SuperGrans Manawatū

47 Libraries Horowhenua_Ezekiel Taylor2.jpeg

Ezekiel Taylor

Libraries Horowhenua

48 PARS and MA Just Released Acc_Garry Buckman.jpg

Garry Buckman

Manawatu PARS and
Just Released Accommodation Trust


Tara Parkes

Palmerston North
Parents Centre

53 Te Whare Koha Highbury_Cina Poland.jpg

Cina Poland

Te Whare Koha Highbury

54 Te Whare Koha Highbury_Bonita Kenning.jpeg

Bonita Kenning

Te Whare Koha Highbury

55 Te Whare Koha_Just Zilch PN.jpg

Just Zilch PN

Te Whare Koha


Maggie Peace

Prouse Bush Management Group

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Daphne Barrett

Horowhenua Breathe Easy by HDC

60 Te Hā o Hine-ahu-one PN Women’s Health Collective_Krys Baker.jpg

Krys Baker

Te Hā o Hine-ahu-one PN Women’s Health Collective

61 Horowhenua Health Shuttle_Marta Buchanan.JPG

Marta Buchanan

Horowhenua Health Shuttle

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Lois Croasdale

City Mission Palmerston North

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Kim Featherstone

City Mission Palmerston North

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Margaret Openshaw

Palmerston North Street Van

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Veterinary Emergency Response Team

Massey Veterinary Team


Ron Gibbard

Menz Shed by HDC


Kevin Miles

Horowhenua Family History Group by HDC


Arnim Lattik

Manawatū Estuary Trust

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Dr.Bob (Robert) Hoskin

Wildlife Foxton Trust and Manawatū Estuary Trust

62 Levin Basketball Association_Yvonne Seng.jpg

Yvonne Seng

Levin Basketball Association

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Volunteer Central team

Government Covid-19 Response Recognition Award

Welcome to the webpage of the most important event of the year!

Here you will be able to read the amazing stories of our 2023 nominees, our proud sponsors and our supporters. For now, browse around, and check out our guest speakers for the 10th Volunteer Recognition Event and our MCs.

Nominations for volunteers are now closed. Stay tuned on our social media for updates!


"In a world where you can be anything be kind".

Meet the MCs

Janetta Mandeno

Janetta is a local celebrant for marriages, civil unions, and any ceremony. Her voluntary roles are extensive including Whatunga Tūao | Volunteer Central as an office volunteer, Stylist with Dress For Success, and St John on the Outreach Therapy Pets programme.


​Get in touch with Janetta:

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Lyal Brenton

Lyal is the Palmerston North Town Crier. He has extensive voluntary roles including Big Brother Big Sister mentor, Board Member of the Just Released Accommodation Trust and an active volunteer with Manawatū Marine Boating Club.​

Get in touch with Lyal:


Meet the Speakers

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Jordan Dempster

Volunteer Central Board
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Lorna Johnson

Palmerston North Communities Committee Chair
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Bernie Wanden

Mayor of Horowhenua
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Helen Worboys

Mayor of
Manawatū District
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Nuwyne Te Awe Awe Mohi

Rangitāne o Manawatū


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Palmerston North
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Goodie Bag Sponsors

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Meet our Proud Supporters



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We are so proud to have hosted our 10th Volunteer Recognition Event (VRE) to express gratitude and recognise the efforts of all volunteers in Palmerston North, Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua. 

Dear nominees, this celebration is for you as a symbol of the community's appreciation for your time and effort in supporting our communities. You are inspirational!

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the volunteers who made this event possible, including Rangitāne o Manawatu [Nuwyne Te Awe Awe Mohi] for the blessings and opening, the MCs, Volunteer Central Board, Event and Office Volunteers. Without their help, this remarkable event wouldn't have been possible.

Special thanks to PNCC Communities Committee Chair Lorna Johnson, Mayor of Manawatū District Council Helen Worboys, Mayor of Horowhenua District Council Bernie Wanden, MP for Palmerston North Tangi Utikere, MP for Rangitikei Ian McKelvie, and MP for Otaki Terisa Ngobi for presenting the certificates to the 79 volunteers recognised at the event.

We also thank the organisations that nominated volunteers and attended the event to support them. We appreciate the support from the nominees' families and friends, and a huge thanks to our sponsors and supporters who made this event shine.

Thank You!

VRE2023 Photos

Get to know last year's 32 nominated volunteers.

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