Recognising our over 65s for their efforts and contributions to the Kapiti Coast.


lf you know someone that goes that extra mile to help others or has an inspirational story and is over 65, we want to acknowledge and reward their contributions.


Unfortunately not enough nominatiuons were received in 2017 to justify an event, so the next event will be in 2018.


 

The 2016 Kāpiti Elder Person of the Year was awarded on 9th November to 

Valerie Freeman.

She was given the award at a function at Metlifecare Kapiti Village which featured other finalists Sheila Hart, Shirley Jarden and Patrick McCann.

Mrs Freeman has been a volunteer at the Salvation Army family store in Paraparaumu for 15 years.

She works three shifts per week, each four hours long, at the front counter.

"I was asked to come and work for the store, when I was ready, after my husband died.

"Two years later I started there and have really enjoyed it.

"I love the customers and helping the Sallies to do good work."

And she's served as a facilitator for the Kapiti branch of Widowed, Separated and Divorced (WSH) organisation for 11 years.

"It's a 10 week course twice a year and it's for people who are grieving - it they've been widowed, or their partner has gone off with someone else, or they've lost somebody to death, and we included in the last few years people who have got their partner in care."

Mrs Freeman said winning the award was a shock especially as the other finalists, and nominees, "were all wonderful people".

"And there's wonderful people who probably weren't even nominated."

When it comes to helping people, Mrs Freeman said, "I don't even think about it, I just do it".

The third Kapiti Elder Person of the Year was organised by the Kapiti Coast Older Persons' Council as well as Age Concern Kapiti.


2015 Kāpiti Elder Person of the Year 


is Trevor Daniell
Trevor Daniell accepts his award from last year's winner, Betty van Gaalen.

2014 winner Betty Van Gaalen


On November 24th 2014, Betty van Gaalen was awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Of The Year Medal, and was later a finalist in the Senior New Zealander of the Year.

2014 Nominations:


Judging is on:


  • Contribution and benefit to society and impact on community or nation 
  • Efforts in working toward goals 
  • Number of hours committed paid or unpaid 
  • Length of service 
  • Impact on community or nation 
  • Commitment to their personal development
  • Contribution to their community 
  • Degree of difficulty in achievement


The Kāpiti Elder Person of the Year is a joint venture of the Kāpiti Coast Older Person's Council and Age Concern Kāpiti.