Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Contribution to Bay of Plenty civil defence acknowledged

Contribution to Bay of Plenty civil defence acknowledged

For immediate release: 30 November 2012

Needing assistance from the Whakatane-based New Zealand Response Team 17 isn’t an event anyone wants to happen, at any time.

But if you do end up receiving their help, it’s reassuring to know that there are decades of experience within the team that’s always ready to respond – with three long-serving members acknowledged for that service work this week.

Tony Gillard, Alan Keeber and Brenda Davis were recognised at Thursday’s Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Joint Committee meeting for each providing 10 years or more service to civil defence.

The three are members of the Whakatane team which is able to respond to a range of activities including flood, storm and urban search and rescue, as well as other emergency situations.

Chair of the Coordinating Executive Group Aileen Lawrie said the recognition of all three was a huge boost for the region’s civil defence presence.

“It’s terrific to see Tony, Alan and Brenda acknowledged for the work that they’ve put into Civil Defence, both within and outside the region during the past decade,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Being a Civil Defence responder is a huge commitment – we never really know where or when disaster might strike. It’s not a role that everyone can fulfil and I congratulate and thank them for the work they do.”

The awards are not the only accolades for the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group this year – next month Opotiki Mayor John Forbes, Chair of the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Joint Committee, and Diane Turner, former chair of the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Coordinating Executive Group, will be presented with Ministerial Silver Awards in recognition of their contributions made to civil defence in the region.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news