Admittedly, there are times when I’m less than happy with our local councils, but there are others when I’m decidedly more than happy for them to fulfill other roles than just roads and footpaths, sewage disposal and the supply of fresh water.

Hastings District Council really excels in honouring people who have contributed to our community, whether by achieving some accomplishment or by serving as volunteers in a remarkably diverse range of community organisations.

It’s been my pleasure to photograph the last few years’ Civic Honours Awards, both the awards presentation and portraits of the winners in locations relative to their area of passion.

These people add so much to the  life of our community and it is wonderful that we celebrate them.

Click here to see the full set of portraits
and also candids and presentations from the awards night at Cheval Room, Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre.

Bert Lincoln 20140501f064Bert Lincoln, General Community Service Award

Betty Price 20140506b119Betty Price, General Community Service Award

Bob Hall 20140504a042Bob Hall, General Community Service Award

Glenys Riddell 20140501e028Glenys Riddell, General Community Service Award

Hai Tong Too 20140501b047Hai Tong Too, General Community Service Award

Heritage Trails 20140501c004Hastings Heritage Trails Society Inc, Arts and Culture Award

Norm Treneman 20140501a025Norm Treneman, General Community Service Award

Pauline Vesty 20140507a087Pauline Vesty, Education and Youth Award

Peggy van Asch 20140501d012Peggy van Asch, Health and Welfare Award

Ross Sweatman 20140506a020Ross Sweatman, General Community Service Award

Click here to see the full set of portraits
and also candids and presentations from the awards night at Cheval Room, Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre.