It’s Volunteer Week, and Hastings District Council celebrated by honouring those amazing guys and gals who volunteer in the district’s 13 Rural Fire Forces. An Appreciation Night was held at the Havelock North Function Centre.

A bonus to the event was a donation of an ATV from land-owners Andy Coltart and Audrey McHardy, in appreciation of the work the forces did earlier this year at the massive Waimarama Rd fire which destroyed houses, and hectares of farmland and forestry.

My job included social pics, presentations, the donation and most challenging, a group of about 100 firefighters taken outside at night-time.

The full album of photographs taken by Duncan Brown is no longer available online; please contact us to view.