• Worthy residents honoured read story in Kapi-Mana News 22 July 2014 pg 40. Three of our community's best, Judy McKoy, Mary Casey and Pip Piper, recognized for their contributions.
  • Civic awards for Plimmerton stalwarts story from Whitby Newsbrief July 2014 pg 17. Story follows.

Our hard working newsletter editor, Carolyn summed it up perfectly...

Happy birthday to you, hip Pip hooray!

Pip Piper, (read more about Pip's birthday celebration) volunteer extraordinaire, turned a very respectable age this week, and we congratulate him for this achievement and the fact that he still works like a tiger, volunteering for many organisations - genealogy research at the library, advising at CAB, monitoring Land Transport NZ developments, serving on the PRA with a watching brief on PCC decisions, delivering newsletters hot off the press and digging-in over at Mana Island. He is a star.

This was acknowledged recently when Pip and Mary Casey recently received awards for their contribution to Plimmerton over many decades of service.

Check out the photos and articles here to see Pip and Mary with their awards and read the citations.

Well done Mary, Pip and Judy, you three deserve the recognition. If you do not yet know these amazing people then you need to meet them and have your family meet them, they are living legends, the essence of Plimmerton.


Story and photos from Whitby Newsbrief August 2014 pg 17.

Mrs Casey and Pip Piper at the ceremony at Pataka.


Three Plimmerton residents, Mary Casey, Judy McKoy, and Pip Piper were among those awarded certificates in recognition of their volunteer work at the 2014 Civic Awards. Porirua Mayor, Nick Leggett made the presentations last month at a special function in Pataka Spine. Mrs Casey and Mrs McKoy were recipients of Civic Awards, and Pip Piper received a Mayoral Certificate of Recognition.

Mrs Casey received her awards for long time service to the Plimmerton Red Cross which will celebrate 75 years in September. Barely three weeks after World War II began, a small band of Plimmerton residents met to form a Red Cross branch. Money was raised by holding events like card evenings and raffles to buy wool for balaclavas, socks and other items to send to the servicemen overseas.

With Meals on Wheels, and through national appeals, special disaster appeals, Red Rose Day, the Red Cross Lottery, and local raffles, Plimmerton Red Cross has helped raise funds for numerous local, national and international projects in its 75 years.

In 1973, Mary became a member of the Plimmerton Red Cross Branch, and she served as secretary for several years before becoming President from 1988 to 1992. She again accepted the role as President in 2001.

Mary was the branch annual Red Cross Appeal Co-ordinator, Emergency Preparedness Convener and the branch representative on the local oc-ordinating committee. She participated in all branch activities such as Blood Bank Service, Meals on Wheels, Red Rose Day, visited the disabled, organised the annual luncheon for members of the Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind and helped with the annual outing for the physically disabled adults from Emerson House.

Mary instigated a programme at Kenepuru Hospital, providing toothbrushes and toothpaste to young children who underwent oral surgery. This programme has been running successfully for a number of years.

In 2007, Mary was awarded a NZ Red Cross Honorary Life Membership and in 2008, the Rotary Club of Plimmerton acknowledged her service to the community with a Paul Harris Fellowship.


Judy McKoy was not at the ceremony as she was overseas but was still awarded her honour and recognition.

Judy McKoy is a driving force behind the Migrating Kitchen, which displays a world of exotic food, music, customs and art associated with immigrants to Porirua.


Eight years ago Ms McKoy gave up her long career as a high school music teacher and immersed herself in the world of immigrants, gaining a history degree and then a masters in the history of Irish immigration to New Zealand. At the same time she began teaching English to a Burmese family who had settled in Cannons Creek, and this developed into a strong friendship with the family and a passion for volunteering.

Ms McKoy is now immersed in a range of immigrant cultures in her volunteer role as researcher and organiser extraordinaire for the Migrating Kitchen. She has been exposed to the obstacles migrants deal with in New Zealand and the heartbreaking stories they tell about their former lives.

Ms McKoy chairs the Porirua Community Arts Council which stages the popular Festival of the Elements on Waitangi Day. She teaches English to refugees at the Porirua Language Project as well as tutoring for Literacy Aotearoa.

Judy has been volunteering at the Migrating Kitchen Trust's exhibitions since 2011 and co-ordinates the Migrating Kitchen's cooking charity.

She has also been a key driver in the set-up and administration of Wellington Young Voices Choir. Judy regulary goes beyond the call of duty in her role as choir administrator, building strong relationships with the community and securing the necessary funding to ensure the children are a top level children's choir in the Wellington region.

Pip Piper is a stalwart of Plimmerton, although he didn't move into the area until his retirement.

Mr Piper has now just turned 90, and he remains active in the community. He was a member of the Porirua Historical Society and the Porirua Genealogy Society, and has been a very active member of the Plimmerton Residents' Association, Plimmerton community and Millennium events with Alan Reader. He has been a volunteer at the Genealogy Desk of the Porirua Library for many years, and also a Citizens Advice Bureau.

Last Updated: 17/08/2015 7:09pm