Skip to main content

Recognising Community Service


Two deserving citizens of Whataroa were recognised for their efforts to improve their local community at the final Council meeting of the 2019 – 2022 triennium.

“It has been a highlight throughout the last six years as Mayor to oversee citizenship ceremonies and present community awards,” said outgoing Mayor Bruce Smith. “The two awards that I presented today have gone to really deserving individuals. Both Dave Nolan and Sherry Woodside have done so much for the Whataroa community. They can be really proud that their efforts have made the town a better place for everyone who lives there. The children’s playground is a great asset and the town has a brilliant community hall.”

Dave Nolan, “Mayor of Whataroa”, was the Chairperson of the Whataroa Community Association for nine years. During his time as Chairperson, he was involved with the Whataroa Hall upgrade, and the playground upgrade at Robinson Park by the new public toilets and monitored this through to its completion. Dave was instrumental in getting building maintenance done at the Whataroa Domain building including a repaint and new toilets installed. Dave has also been involved with the South Westland A&P Show Committee for approximately 20 years.

Sherry Woodside was the Secretary of the Whataroa Community Association for 12 years. She drove the fundraising for the Whataroa Hall upgrade with her organisational and administrative skills. For over 15 years Sherry has volunteered to teach crochet to school age children. Sherry has been a regular volunteer for local Cancer Society Daffodil Day activities and many other community events.


 Media enquiries to:

Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor