Selwyn Awards 2018 People's Choice
For the first time in the history of the Selwyn Awards, we are every excited to bring you the People's Choice Award!
All nominees in the 2018 awards are eligible for the People's Choice award which will be decided upon entirely by public vote. Votes are limited to one per person (multiple votes by one person will be removed).
Every person who votes goes into the draw to win two tickets to the Selwyn Awards 2018 Gala Dinner 4 August at the Lincoln Event Centre!
The People's Choice winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner event.
Allan Thorne was born in 1942 and has lived most of his life in Hororata. Allan now has grand children who are the sixth generation to live in this District. He owned a fertilizer business for 27 years and has now retired from farming after 24 years. During this time Allan has been involved in many community projects and fund raising activities for the district. Allan has found all the community activities that he had been involved in to be extremely rewarding.
Graham is a fourth generation Carpenter. He has continued the community involvement of his parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Following their marriage, Averil and Graham made their home in Prebbleton with their two children Brett and Louise. Averil and Graham have served on many committees, show a great willingness to be involved in community affairs and their enthusiasm is infectious!
Belinda has given a considerable amount of time to playing and most importantly, administering tennis in Ellesmere.
From 1993 – 2017 she held the position of senior statistician where she was responsible for organising competitions and compiling results. She has life member awards from Southbridge Ellesmere, Canterbury Country
Brenna Sincock Hearing was established in March 2016 by Audiologist Brenna Sincock. After 8 years working in the private Audiology sector in New Zealand, Brenna decided to open up a full-time clinic in her local community Rolleston, to service all of the Selwyn region. Understanding that patients liked an individualized approach to hearing healthcare, the business model focuses on continuity of care and is patient centric.
Busy Bumbles is the largest provider of innovative, family centric before and after school programs and holiday programs in the Selwyn District. Their purpose is to create a place of security, happiness and trust where parents can send the most important thing in their lives; their children. Busy Bumbles programs contribute towards a child’s educational and personal development – enhancing and working in harmony with the school curriculum they already know.
Caelan is passionate about theatre and has been involved in the arts in Selwyn over a number of years. Caelan has been involved with the Kirwee Players and shows in Halswell and Ashburton and took on the Musical Director’s role for the Selwyn Community Choir at Darfield in 2017. Caelan is trained as a classical pianist, teaches piano to beginner students and uses his quick wit and musical talent to encourage the Selwyn Community Choir to continually improve.
Chris Allan is passionate about helping our Community and has dedicated the past thirteen years to working with the vulnerable and under-privileged young people of Canterbury & Vanuatu. He mentors young people, works with special needs young people, supports young prisoners from Christchurch Men’s Youth prison to achieve amazing life goals, helps local Schools and villages in Vanuatu as well as raising funds for the Te Whare Hauora Women’s Refuge.
Church Property Trustees has one of the largest portfolios of heritage listed buildings in New Zealand. Fifty-six of its seventy-seven listed buildings were damaged during the Canterbury earthquake sequence. Church Property Trustees has developed innovative answers to extremely complex repair issues. The Recovery Team have developed unique skills in relation to heritage conservation and implemented unique solutions as demonstrated by the work on St Paul's, Tai Tapu.
After volunteering as a Youth Worker, Courtney became a full time Youth Worker with the Youth South West Trust (Hope Trust). 2012-17 Courtney developed the youth programme is Rolleston, to a level which required additional professional youth workers and community volunteers and in 2018, developed infrastructure for greater expansion within Rolleston and wider Selwyn. Courtney is the full time Youth Worker and Team Leader for Rolleston School & Rolleston College.
DAA - Chartered Accountants, based in Rolleston, provide a modern and innovative approach to ensuring their clients succeed in the future.
They are passionate about their clients and take the time to understand each clients needs, tailor their services to help their clients prosper and meet client goals.
The Whanau Committee was set up 5 years ago and involved a group of parents who had children at the school. Some of these parents have stayed on after their children have left, as they feel passionate about helping Maori and Pacific Island students and want to make as many opportunities available to them as possible. The committee encourages and supports the students to attend many different events and help fundraise.
Nationally, Eurofins works with councils testing the drinking water supplies & supporting them in any event of a public health emergency. We are part of the world’s largest laboratory company, which is also one of the world’s best managed companies, which is run like a network of entrepreneurial businesses. In 2017 on our 30 year anniversary, the company donated $1.6Million globally to charities and $40,000 was donated locally.
Designline was founded in Ashburton is 1985 and was the first hybrid bus manufacturer in the world. In 2009 the operation was moved to a custom built facility in Izone in Rolleston. This new workshop is 8450sqm which includes a two bay paintshop with a central tint room. We deliver 134 + buses per year. We are focussed on the development of electric buses and have successfully supplied prototypes of these all over the wold. GBV employees 130+ local staff.
A rare gem in the foothills of the southern Alps, preserving a slice of New Zealand rural history in Selwyn and a long past lifestyle. Gunyah was built in 1912. 106 years later, thanks to the passionate efforts of the present owner of 16 years, all key design and architectural elements of the house have been retained and largely restored to preserve the house, surrounding buildings and grounds with heritage status. It offers gracious accommodation, fine dining and self-catering options.
The Hororata Community Trust is a group of community-minded people who wish to improve the quality of life in their rural communities through providing events that promote arts, culture and heritage. They also support and fund community groups and schools in their separate endeavours in these fields. They have the support of many volunteers and participants for events like the Hororata Highland Games, the Hororata Night Glow and Heritage projects.
The Hororata Night Glow, staged by the Hororata Community Trust and supported by Ballooning Canterbury was an exciting event that captured people’s imagination. Hot air balloons lit up the night sky surrounded by an autumn festival with a diverse range of food, music and entertainment. Visitors walked inside a cold inflated balloon, fired a balloons burner and learn the science behind hot air balloons. The event created a lasting impression leaving people wanting more.
James is a generous, humble, friendly and empathetic man, prepared to go the extra mile to help others. In 2012 he joined the Board of Trustees of Waitaha Special School, taking on an active dedicated role in the operation of the school. In 2016 he became the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Despite being diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, worked tirelessly to drive construction of the new school. Throughout this time, James was also the primary caregiver for his disabled son.
John Creamer of Darfield dusts off his 90 years. John is the secretary of the internationally recognised Homebush Stables, guide to the visitors at the property and curator/custodian of the outstanding Museum at Homebush. A collector of things that many would not recognise their value until too late, John has also been/is a loyal supporter of local sports clubs and area interest groups for many years. A humble, trusted man!
John has spent many thousands of hours serving the community including his involvement with the Lions organisation (through which he was awarded a Melvin Jones fellowship), representing the Selwyn community on the Liaison Committee of Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo (Rolleston Youth Justice Residence), sits on the Rotary Science Forum all while working tirelessly on Justice of the Peace ministerial work.
Jones Road Auto has been owned and operated by Nigel and Lisa Fleck for the last six years. It is a premium automotive workshop which performs all aspects of repairs and servicing on light passenger vehicles. Nigel and Lisa’s core values are providing exceptional service and high standard of workmanship, while also maintaining a responsible environmental and community focus. They believe in actively participating and giving back to their local community.
Joshua has had a huge impact on Basketball in Selwyn. He was the Coach of the Thompson and Whelan Trophy Teams from Ellesmere College in 2015, led the LU women’s programme dual national titles in 2017, coached LU women 3x3 to two national titles and took them to Xiamen (China) to compete for the International University Games 3x3 title in 2017/18, is the Assistant Coach of the Canterbury Wildcats (2017,18) & is the current Canterbury U23 Women’s Coach.
Lesley & Stephen are Visual Arts teachers recently retired from Villa Maria College. Environmentalists, teaching sustainable practices during their careers, asking students to consider their position in the world and reduce impact on the planet. They acquired former council land in 2010, proposing to return it to its pre-European vegetation. Building a nursery to sustain their planting, gifting all excess trees to other projects, has allowed continuation of their passion.
The Lincoln Pantry was established in May 2016, to provide Lincoln with an old fashioned deli, complete with NZ and European cheese off the wheel, great coffee and a healthy alternative to tradition café fare with nutrient rich cabinet food. Zero waste was at the forefront of the store fit out and operation, with rustic pallet shelving and reclaimed materials. It has become the go-to destination for foodie gifts and the coveted Lincoln Pantry Hampers.
Linley has enjoyed teaching choirs over a number of years including, the Rolleston School Performance Choir, the Rolleston "100 Voices for 100 Years" choir for ANZAC Day in 2015, the Selwyn Youth Choir and the Selwyn Community Choir. Linley joined the Selwyn Community Choir at the end of 2016 and has helped it grow across two practice locations (Darfield and Rolleston). She particularly enjoys moments when choirs surprise themselves with how they sound.
Lyndal is a proud mother of three children and alongside her husband they run their own business in Rolleston. They moved to Rolleston in 2008 where Lyndal has been playing, coaching and administering hockey. She was on the Board of Canterbury Hockey 2014-18 and the Founding President of Waikirikiri Hockey. Lyndal was awarded the NZ Hockey Administrator of the year in 2017. Lyndal is passionate about people having a sense of belonging in the community.
Matt (Enviroschools Canterbury) and Lou (Te Ara Kākāriki) are the team behind the Kids Discovery Plantout in Selwyn Schools. Their aim is to connect local school children to nearby restoration opportunities within Selwyn. They also work with teachers to integrate the programme into the school curriculum. The children have planted 10,000 native trees and shrubs; but the kids don’t just plant, they learn about what makes their patch of Selwyn special.
Phillip's contribution of service to his community has spanned continuously for well over fifty years. This is an incredible commitment for anyone to make and he is still active in his chosen organisations. He has participated in multiple community activities and has also taken on the position of officer, taking responsibility for administrative duties as well. Phillip is married to Jenny. They have two children a son and daughter, and five grandchildren.
Christine and Robert at Quickenberry Guesthouse offer lovely accommodation, fine food and great service in a beautiful area of Canterbury. They have won many awards for it, for their service, their food and their cookbook. A stay at Quickenberry is a special experience of genuine hospitality in the stunning Canterbury high country. It is a very successful lodge and venture. It is also a unique addition to the tourism product of the Selwyn District.
In 2015, with two young boys, Rachel found Leeston Playcentre where she quickly became involved with committee duties. Rachel was one of the original committee members to join Bellyful Selwyn before it became an established branch and worked tirelessly to the raise the funds needed to make that happen. While being a busy stay at home mum and juggling school & sport commitments, Rachel still manages to stay involved in all of her charity work.
Robyn has given (and is still giving) 42 years of service to St John in the Selwyn area. She spent 34 years as an active ambulance officer, held Brigade Secretary position, organised many Brigade Social Events, organised gift baskets for sick members and spent many nights and weekends on call. Robyn has spent the last eight years as an assistant divisional Youth Manager working with Leeston youth.
Established in 2012, Rural Tenancy Inspections (RTI) is pleased to be able to offer a service to the farming industry previously un-catered for. RTI is proud to provide inspections to over 100 properties comprising of some 350 houses, including several well recognised corporate groups. It provides part time employment to a team of six. Owner/operator Rebecca Smith has a vision to expand throughout the South Island and to offer further specialised services in this field.
Ryley at the age of 12 is representing New Zealand twice in 2018 for Archery. Ryley's first international event was held in Morwell, Australia where as part of the New Zealand Team he took on the Australians and came home with one silver and two bronze medals. Ryley will represent New Zealand again at at the World Oceania's in the Under 15 Male Recurve Division in July in New Caledonia. Ryley is very excited to wear the fern for the second time in 2018.
The Selwyn Community Choir (SCC) began in 2015 and at the end of 2016 the choir had a sell-out (entry by food bank donation) Christmas Concert at the Rolleston Community Centre. The choir performs at local events such as community Christmas events and markets and has been honoured to perform at the Rolleston ANZAC services in both 2017 and 2018. The choir is looking forward to supporting the Armistice Day commemorations in Sheffield in November.
The Selwyn Community Response Teams have supported their communities by opening an emergency centre, checking on the welfare of their residents, and providing intelligence to the Emergency Operations Centre during a disaster. The teams are diverse in age, gender, geography, religion, and cultural background but come together with the same goal: to support their communities in an emergency.
Selwyn Kids is owned by Rolleston locals, Rebecca and Kerry, whom use the Pukeko philosophy of nurturing, whanau, community and to protect in delivering exceptional childcare services to Selwyn. This philosophy is used across the two kindergartens, OSCAR services and home based services. Selwyn Kids reflects the diversity of New Zealand society and every culture is embraced for the uniqueness it brings to Selwyn Kids and children in its care.
Established in 2013 to promote & support participation in sport & recreation in the Selwyn District, Selwyn Sports Trust is an independent charitable trust governed by a board. The board consists of Chairperson; Mike Lay, and five trustees; John Reid, Cam Blain, Emma Wilson, Megan Harlick and Lou Hurst. Operations are managed by Executive Officer; Michael Wilson, and physical Activity Activators; Amy McClintock, Kate McCartney, Jayde Mayberry and Jon Anderson.
Arriving in Rolleston, Colette, found it difficult to locate information and listings of local businesses, products and services. These frustrations coincided with her wish to start a business. Having built and managed successful businesses previously, Colette completely understands the time and financial constraints business owners have in marketing themselves. This led to the creation of Selwyn Connect, an innovative online platform showcasing local businesses.
Shelley is an active community member also raising three children with husband Andrew & running a printing business & part-owner of an AA battery service. She has served on the community assn. for 10 years, was a founding member of Prebbleton Enviro-Village, started and runs the Prebbleton Community Market, runs Recycle Recreate, organises the Prebbleton drop 'n' swap with a friend and is also a member of the Prebbleton Community Cottage committee.
Shirley, a retired grandmother competes at world age-group level in triathlons and is currently the Asia Pacific Ironman Age Group Champion. Training 25 hours a week, she has also held four long distance world triathlon titles and three 24 hour New Zealand track run records. Shirley mentors, inspires and motivates the over 50’s and children in active sport and has also played/coached hockey, cricket, swimming and gymnastics.
Tai Tapu Lodge was created around two significant heritage buildings which have a close connection to both Selwyn and Canterbury history.
The Lodge suites have been carefully inserted into the heritage fabric so that the original newspaper linings are still readable and the crayoned notes from local identities are scrawled on the kauri lined walls.
Owner/operator Kristin started Taste of Life Tours in 2017. Kristin is a foodie, keen potter, jewellery maker, cheese maker, art collector and above all loves people. Her husband John has a love for anything rural and together they have a combined passion for the outdoors and their 3 acre native planting. All of this influenced Kristin’s decision to create a company to help other people experience the opportunities in this area and to create memorable experiences.
An innovative motorhome, caravan and motorcycle rental company providing a world class experience to visitors. Offering a range of campers including 2 berth sleeper-vans and hi-tops, 4 berth & larger 5 and 6 berth motorhomes, they cater for budget backpackers, families and high-end tourists. All campervans are certified self-contained to ensure the customers journey has minimal impact on the environment. Their all inclusive, easy to purchase package sets them apart.
Tui Martin is an eight-year-old Lincoln Primary School pupil who cares about the environment. After a school project on plastic in the ocean, she decided to do something about it. She co-opted her ten-year-old brother (Mana) and father (Nathan - everyone needs a financial backer!) and together they set up "Plastic Straws Suck". Their vision is to have Lincoln plastic straw-free by 2020, and learn about business and social enterprise along the way.
Founded in 2017 Waikirikiri Hockey provide the opportunity to play hockey locally, with current membership of 269. The club contributed $100k towards the Foster Park turf with support from NZCT & CAST. They entered junior teams in the Canterbury Hockey competition in 2017 & in 2018 was affiliated to them, enabling the club to also enter senior teams in their competitions. The club also run social hockey competitions, for all levels-junior, adults, new & experienced.