We extend our very sincere congratulations to all the iconic Westies who were acknowledged in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. They all, in their own way, typified the generosity with which Westies give to the local community, without thought of reward.
Ross Dallow QSO was made MNZM. Ross is, of course, a former Police District Commander and Waitakere City Councillor and more latterly a Local Board member. He was also the driving force behind the development of The Trusts Arena (stadium) and its predecessor and lifelong servant of athletics.
Sharon Davies was awarded the QSM. Shaz, as she is universally known, was profiled several issues ago after winning the TVNZ’s Attitude Award for people with disabilities. A former community board member and PA to deputy mayor Penny Hulse, she is a member of many community organisations.
Roger Laloli received the QSM. The outgoing president of Henderson Rotary Club, Roger has served the community for 45 years through both Lions and Rotary with whom he has raised funds for hospitals, youth and children’s education. He also served as a community board member for Waitakere City Council.
Brian Edwards received the QSM recognising 49 years in the fire service, including a long period of service in Henderson. Mr Edwards joined the fire service in 1963 and rose through the ranks to become the Fire Chief for the Auckland District Fire Service. He developed fire fighting procedures for major Auckland buildings including the Sky Tower.
Peter Wheeler was awarded the QSM to recognise his service to second world war Air Force veterans who are now in their 80s and 90s. Mr Wheeler keeps about 200 veterans in touch though organising events and writing newsletters. He’s also voluntary administrator for the New Zealand Bomber Command Association.
Mihi Angell was the recipient of the QSM for services to Maori. Mrs Angell has worked for 40 years promoting understanding of the Maori language, culture and customs in West Auckland schools. She oversaw the creation of marae at both Kelston Girls College and Boys High, and served on the board of the Girls College and Kelston intermediate.
Awa Hudson became the holder of the QSO in recognition of her work for Maori and the community. A much beloved teacher at Massey High School, she taught Maori language and culture and promoted general education among Maori. Awa Hudson was also the deputy Mayor of Waitemata City.