The Board was pleased to present the ‘Eastbournes’ to Avi Duckor – Jones, Maureen Buckley, Shihan Renshi and Mary McCallum.

Sally Bain – in recognition of Eastbourne’s environmental warrior who has made Eastbourne a more beautiful place for all who live here.
Mr Gibbons read Ms Bain’s citation and thanked her for her involvement in and promotion of a number of community and environmental projects. Most recently her initiative as part of Educating Residents About Rats had created a very effective urban trap line throughout Eastbourne.

Avi Duckor–Jones –  in recognition of his humanitarianism, his contribution to the arts and being New Zealand’s ‘Great Survivor’.
Mr Ashe read Mr Duckor-Jones’ citation. Mr Duckor-Jones won the New Zealand television series ‘Survivor’. He was a published travel author and had spent a year running a school for disadvantaged children in Ghana which he was continuing to support.

Maureen Buckley – in recognition of a wonderful teacher, loved by generations of Eastbourne school children and their families.
Ms Knight read Ms Buckley’s citation and thanked her for her strong commitment to teaching and her tireless work for children in the Eastbourne community. Ms Buckley was well known in Eastbourne for her passionate role as educator and initiator of many valuable programmes and events across the school community.

Lindsay Johnson (Shihan Renshi) – in recognition of an inspiring teacher and leader of the Eastbourne Karate Dojo for 20 years.
Ms Sutherland read Mr Johnson’s citation and thanked him for his many years of service to children in the community. Mr Johnson had introduced hundreds of children to Karate. He was a skilled and experienced teacher and was highly regarded by his students and their families.

Mary McCallum ( Mākaro Press, publisher of Eastbourne Writers) –  in recognition of an enthusiastic and generous publisher and promotor of Eastbourne writers and their works.
The Chair read Mākaro Press’ citation and thanked Ms M McCallum and her son Mr P Stewart for their work with Eastbourne writers and illustrators. Ms McCallum and Mr Stewart had founded Mākaro press in Eastbourne, built a relationship with local writers and illustrators and published the work of many. They had since moved to Wellington but maintained their relationship with local writers and the local bookshop.