Former banker honoured
A Te Horo Beach resident, and former banker, has been recognised in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list. Napier-born, Peter Wilson, was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business, in particular, his role in supporting community initiatives while at Westpac.
After the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, Wilson oversaw the establishment of the Westpac Business and Community Hub and the Canterbury Care Fund, as well as several other local and national fundraising initiatives. He sat on the Westpac Banking Corporation’s board of directors in Australia from 2003 to 2012, and was a member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal until 2013. Currently Wilson is an independent director of Farmlands, chairman of Arvida Group, PF Olsen Group and deputy chairman of Meridan Energy, and believes business has a positive role to play in society and a strong banking sector is vital to New Zealand’s economy.
The honour came as a surprise to Wilson, who had never imagined himself as a likely contender, but was “pleasantly surprised that others have judged that I am.”
Te Horo Beach Hub
An initiative to establish a hub and community network for Te Horo Beach residents using an email database of families living in the area (those interested in community events and activities) is planned. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 205 2574.
Sunday Speakers at Te Horo Hall
Te Horo Hall spokesperson, Sharon Hurst, said the weekend event, ‘Sunday Speakers,’ “has been going well.” Around 25 people listened to the entertaining tales of Byran Sutton, followed by an informative visit to Te Horo Fire Station. A session on beekeeping, and eradicating wasps, attracted more than 60 interested people, keen to learn about “our stingy friends.”
Further speakers include local resident, Neil McInnes, passionate gardener and entertaining speaker. Focus will be on the pitfalls and rewards associated with the creation of “a magnificent garden.” On Sunday 3 July, 2.00pm at Te Horo Hall An Open Mic session of humorous poetry and readings (with MC Andy Johnson) is planned for the final event – an opportunity to share your favourite funny poem or bit of prose (suitable for a family audience). On Sunday 24 July, 2.00pm at Te Horo Hall.
A piece of Te Horo history
Te Horo’s historic hall is a grand old lady, great for large and small functions, public and group meetings as well as indoor and outdoor sporting events. There is a large main hall (holds 250 people) with a stage, plus a heated supper room (can seat 40) with a roomy kitchen. Outside is a spacious deck surrounded by a grassed area, and a tennis court. Facilities include full paraplegic access.
For further information contact Sharon 06 364 3624 or Peter 06 364 3933.
Te Horo Country Market
Community market on Sunday, 3 July, 10.00am to 12.30pm, at Te Horo Hall. Find a selection of locally grown produce and products, such as fresh bread, olive oil, home-baking, and preserves. Also jewellery and a range of handcrafts.
Swiss Ball classes
An all-round fitness workout at Te Horo Hall, every Tuesday, 9.15am to 10.15am. Contact Carola 021 0606094
BYO Drinks and Nibbles
Monthly social get-together at Te Horo Hall, 1 July, 5.30pm. Bring a plate of finger food to share plus something to drink.