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Returning the Community
Support for over 57 YEARS
Proud to support the
Gore District Community
Congratulations to all
YOUR BIG NIGHT --- THE SIXTH ANNUAL GORE DISTRICT COMMUNITY AWARDS
Winner says thank you
I would like to congratulate
all the nominees for the Gore
District Community Awards
and especially the nominees
for the Newslink, Southland
Times, Eastern Southland
Chamber of Commerce
customer service award.
They were all worthy of
winning and I deem my
business very privileged to
have received the award.
In the excitement of the
moment, all good intentions
went out the window and I
sincerely apologise for not
passing my thanks and
congratulations to the Gore
District Council, sponsors and
all the people who worked so
hard making the evening
such a success.
My thanks and sincere
appreciation must go to my
staff, Lynn, Lisa, Michelle and
Paul, and to their families and
mine, for all their dedication,
commitment and loyalty they
continually show towards our
customers and the business.
And to our customers,
without your support, loyalty
and friendships over the
years, there simply would not
be any business or indeed
any point in having a
business. David Broome
Guthrie Bowron, Gore
Winning smiles: Carvin Streetwear won the public vote section of the
NewsLink-Southland Times, Eastern Southland Chamber of Commerce
Customer Service Award. Pictured is store manager Jess Pulham, front. with
Andrew Humphries and Ashleigh Wilson.
Top service: Guthrie Bowron won the Newslink-Southland Times, Eastern
Southland Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award. Pictured is
manager Lynn Baxter, front, with staff from left, Michelle Taylor, Lisa Hurley,
store owner David Broome and Paul Barclay.
Service rewarded with awards
Home decorating store Guthrie
Bowron won the Newslink-
Southland Times, Eastern South-
land Chamber of Commerce
Customer Service Award.
The award was part of the Gore
District Community Awards at
the Gore Town and Country Club
on Friday night.
Store manager Lynn Baxter said
the staff at Guthrie Bowron were
very friendly and go the extra
mile to provide good service.
''We turn dreams into reality,''
All the staff had been at the store a
long time, so they had a lot of
knowledge about the store's
products, she said.
The public vote section of the
award was won by Carvin
Carvin Streetwear manager Chan-
elle Purser said a highlight for
them was getting a vote and
comment on Facebook from All
Black Piri Weepu, who shops
online with Carvin.
She said Facebook was her target
market, which is why the store
got so many votes.
Mrs Purser said that when she
opened the store eight years ago
she wanted to focus on service.
''It is a big thing, you need to
make people feel good,'' she said.
The store still has the old ''appro''
system, which enables customers
to take items home first to try
them on, before buying.
Brigade stalwart leads the fight
Great effort: Gore District Civic Award winner John Tutty has been
recognised for 50 years of service with the Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade.
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
You would be hard pressed to
meet a nicer guy than John
He is the only man ever to rack
up 50 years as a Gore District
Fire Brigade volunteer and for
that he was awarded the Gore
District Council Civic Award on
Brigade fire chief Steve Lee and
deputy chief Lindsay McIntosh
nominated Mr Tutty for the
''He is one of life's genuine good
guys, we are so proud to have
him associated with the brig-
ade,'' Mr Lee said.
Mr Lee said that Mr Tutty had
not only dedicated his life to
helping in emergencies, he was
an advocate for fire prevention
and education in Gore.
''He is a great example to other
members of the brigade and he
has passed on his knowledge
and skills,'' he said.
Mr Tutty started at the brigade
as a ''runner'' when he was 15.
His job was to pass on the orders
from the chief to volunteers.
When the alarm went off, he
biked to the depot and jumped
onto any part of the fire truck
where he could get a hold.
At that time the borough ran the
brigade, with limited funds.
There were no oxygen masks, so
you could only go inside a house
fire for four or five minutes at a
time, Mr Tutty said.
Fighting fires is a lot more
efficient now, he said, particu-
larly with high-pressure hoses.
However, you also have to deal
with the chemicals contained in
Luckily he has never needed the
brigade because that would cost
a carton of beer, or two, he said.
Mr Tutty said the best part
about volunteering was putting
something back into the com-
''Someone has to do it,'' he said.
The worst part of the job was
dealing with fatal accidents.
He remembered a particularly
bad incident just south of
Riversdale when a car went up
in flames, killing the driver, and
one near Waipahi, where two
doctors were killed.
''We never had counselling . . .
it is good now that there is
counselling, the younger ones
can talk about it now.''
Mr Tutty encourages other
locals, men and women, to
consider being a volunteer.
''It is a big commitment, there is
a lot of training,'' he said.
Volunteers train every week, as
well as attending call-outs.
''But it is worth it,'' he said.
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