Kahunui directors John and Christine Furminger were presented with the Skills Active Supreme Award at the 2016 New Zealand Recreation Association Outdoor Awards on September 1. The award celebrates individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the outdoor recreation and education sector.
John and Christine were recognised for their environmental efforts and mentoring of young leaders as they have developed several outstanding outdoor education programmes throughout their forty year career.
NZRA Chief Executive Andrew Leslie said the pair have contributed a massive amount of personal time and effort into creating better environmental outcomes and ensuring people have the necessary skills and facilities to enjoy the outdoors.
“This in turn leads to stronger communities, safer outdoor experiences and happier, healthier people. It is only fitting that these people who have devoted their lives to making the world a better place receive some portion the recognition they deserve.”
John and Christine were nominated by Ray Hollingsworth, a senior Outdoor Education lecturer at Auckland University of Technology. Ray’s nomination letter praised a calm, inclusive, and wise leadership style, humbleness, and a drive to make the world a better place.
Congratulations to John and Christine on this significant achievement.