It is the time of year to reflect on a few "Southern Legends" that have inspired during the year;
Alan Hubbard. Alan has had a tough year! (Link here) To those that know him he is a man who has done so much good for the Southern community throughout his long life. He is smart and generous and cares about those around him. There are numerous inquiries and a lot of bad press surrounding the demise of South Canterbury Finance but I have every confidence that he will be found to have done nothing of criminal intent. To all the bashers (generally those in Auckland) we don't care what you think. Alan Hubbard is a good man and retains "Southern Legend" status!
Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell. Killed in action in Afghanistan August 2010. (link here) Tim was a Patrol Commander working as part of the New Zealand Army contingent when he was killed by a roadside bomb. Sad as it was, Tim loved his chosen profession and was well regarded by his fellow Burnham based Officers and Infantry soldiers. Tim gets "Southern Legend" status for being prepared to do his bit.
John Key. Whether you vote for him or not you do have to be impressed by the energy and relaxed leadership style of Mr Key. The man has continued to pop up at every event around the country and indeed around the world. He comes across as smart, well briefed and is unflappable even under obvious stress. He has led from the front at Pike river, during the Canterbury quake and has done much to keep our trade and commerce rolling and to establish stronger relationships overseas. He comes across as just an everyday Kiwi but of course he's not. John gets "Southern Legend" status for 2010.
Sergeant Tod Hollebon. I gave Sergeant Hollebon a 'Legend of the Month" award back in October for his part in cracking down of the wave of foreign tourists who feel it is their right to crap their way through our country. (Link here). Sergeant Hollebon, currently of the Te Anau Police made headlines when he caught some Spanish tourists in "phantom nard" mode. Instead of prosecuting them they were given the option of spending an afternoon cleaning up the spoils of their efforts (and others). I loved this concept. Thanks Tod. You get a "Southern Legend" award.
|Brad kicking heads!|
|CEO: Peter Whittall|
There are others who have come close to making the list but these few have made a mark on our lives and in my world they impressed me.
Good on ya mate. I'll blow the froth off a couple of Speights over the next few days in your honour!