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Sir Richard Carter
Sir Richard Carter has died
at the age of 75.
The former accountant who
lived on a farm in Drury was
the great-grandson of Sir
Francis Carter, one of the
founders of the timber empire
Carter Holt Harvey.
It's believed his death was
the result of a kidney prob-
Sir Richard is survived by
He was the father and
father-in-law of Shirley-Ann
and Rick and grandfather to
Henry and Baden.
Sir Richard, who was
inducted into the Fairfax
Media New Zealand Business
Hall of Fame in 2002, was
responsible for creating in
1985 what was then New
Zealand's fourth largest pub-
Carter Holt Harvey gained
an international reputation
under Sir Richard's executive
His funeral service will be
held on Waytemore Farm in
-- Hinerangi Vaimoso
NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST
Lifesaver wins honour
Lifelong honour: James Wakelin of Patumahoe was named in the New Year honours
list for services to surf lifesaving.
Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO
By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
JAMES WAKELIN was just a
teenager when he started his
relationship with Surf Life Saving
New Zealand 54 years ago.
There's an old saying that says
once you're in surf lifesaving, you're
in it for life and it's true,'' he says.
To be honest it is one of the best
movements you could ever be a part
of.''The Patumahoe resident was one of
three New Zealanders recognised as a
Member of the New Zealand Order of
Merit in the New Year honours list
for services to surf lifesaving.
It's very nice to get the recognition
but I must say there have been a
whole lot of people helping me along
Mr Wakelin's love for surf life-
saving started with the Lyall Bay
club in Wellington in 1957 and he
was made a life member in 1985.
He fondly remembers the days of
no formal uniforms compared to
today's smart and brightly coloured
attire. He also remembers the days of
the old line, reel and belt rescue
method that hasn't been used since
the introduction of the inflatable res-
When Mr Wakelin started, com-
petitive carnivals were very rare but
nowadays the competitive nature is
stronger than ever thanks to major
sponsors and athletes who have
spread the organisation's popularity.
There is a lot more opportunity for
competitors these days with regular
competitions and the chance to head
overseas,'' he says.
At club level Mr Wakelin served as
a team manager, club delegate, sec-
retary, treasurer and chairman and
served on Surf Life Saving New
Zealand's management committee
from 1977 to 1990.
In recent years he's been involved
in mentoring roles and helps with the
accounting side of the Piha Surf Life
Saving Club where his son was once
Watching TV shows such as Piha
Rescue is encourgaging and at times
has made him emotional seeing the
rescues performed and the people
involved, Mr Wakelin says.
I'm sitting there with tears think-
ing how proud I am to be involved
with such a wonderful group.
They do a great job with often
You won't find Mr Wakelin at the
beach these days and you'll very
rarely see him with his shirt off after
years of being subjected to the sun --
but his heart, he says, still belongs in
Recognition rewards long service to others
By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
One of Papakura's best known
personalities has been named a Com-
panion of the New Zealand Order of
Merit in the 2011 New Year's
Robert Bruce Pulman has worked
to encourage high-achieving sport-
speople, sporting organisations and
community facilities thrive.
One of his major contributions was
providing the design, development
and financial underwriting for the
development of the Bruce Pulman
Park sports and recreational facility
in the 1980s and 1990s.
Facilities continue to be added to
the park to enhance the recreational
facilities available in Counties Manu-
Mr Pulman is also recognised as
the driving force in providing the
Counties Manukau Gymnastics Club
with debt-free facilities.
He has also given financial support
to the building of a community
theatre for the Papakura Theatre
Company and the development of the
Redhill Community Centre.
Mr Pulman received a Queen's Ser-
vice Medal in 1997 for services to the
Gurmeeta Singh was awarded a
QSM in this year's list for her
services to the community, thanks to
her strong push for the rights of
women and children during the past
The Clevedon resident is also
recognised for her work to support
the settlement of the South Asian
communities of south Auckland.
Mrs Singh has been a volunteer
with Victim Support and Citizens
Advice Bureau as well as a stalwart
of the Indian community. She is a
translator for the Counties Manukau
District Health Board and has been a
Justice of the Peace since 1994.
Mrs Singh's award also recognises
her work supporting Punjabi women
living in isolation.
Neither Mr Pulman nor Mrs Singh
could be reached for comment before
the Papakura Courier went to print.
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