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Cookbook planned to honour legend

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

A COOKBOOK will be

produced to celebrate the life of a

“Hornby legend”.

Nova Mayo died at her home

on June 21 at the age of 79.

Heavily involved in the

Hornby community, nearly 1000

people turned out to honour

her life at a service at the Upper

Riccarton Methodist Church

recently.

“She was obviously a very kind

and caring person. She would

volunteer for anything and was

very committed to her community,”

her son Ashley Mayo said.

He said Mrs Mayo was a very

good cook and would often run

demonstrations for the Salvation

Army in Hornby and the Hei Hei

Broomfield Community Development

Trust, also known as 126

On The Corner.

She would also cater for many

community events including

break-ups at the Hornby Panthers

Rugby League Club.

• By Jess Gibson

AFTER 25 years, volunteer firefighter

Marty Stanley still gets an adrenaline

rush when the sirens go off at

Governors Bay Fire Station.

Since joining the Governors Bay

Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1994, Mr

Stanley has responded to a range of

scenes within his community and

across Christchurch.

But he said his biggest feat “by far”

was the Port Hills fires in 2017, where

he helped out for over a week.

Now, the 60-year-old has received

recognition with a gold star pin which

represents 25 years of service to the

brigade.

“It was a pretty awesome feeling.

The years have gone really fast, that’s

for sure,” Mr Stanley said.

“Working for the brigade is great

and it has been an amazing ride.

There’s great camaraderie.”

Mt Stanley works full time at

Saeco Wilson in Sydenham and said

he is fortunate to work for such a

But she was “famous” for her

cream horns – which is one of

many of her recipes along with

meringues and cinnamon oysters

which will be included in the

supportive company that allows him

to attend the brigade’s call-outs.

About 75 people attended the

presentation of Mr Stanley’s award at

Allandale Hall on June 22, including

firefighters and their families.

Presenting the pin was Queen’s

Service Medal holder Chris Price from

the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade,

who was representing the United Fire

Brigades’ Association of NZ.

Fire chief Andrew Norris said the

highlight of the evening was Mr

Stanley’s award, it was good to see

service awards going to 15 other

members, including certificates for

three years and five years of service.

The brigade started in 1988 and Mr

Stanley is the sixth member to have

received the award in 31 years.

COMMENDED: Marty Stanley

stands beside a giant version of

the gold star he wears on his formal

uniform, which represents 25

years of service to the Governors

Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade.

LOVED: Nova

Mayo, who

died at the

age of 79, was

described as

a legend in

the Hornby

community. ​

cookbook in her memory.

Mr Mayo said plans for the

cookbook are in the early stages

at the moment, but it is hoped it

will be able to raise funds to support

the community.

He said she was a “people’s

person” and it would often take

her about two to three hours to

get around the supermarket at

The Hub Hornby because

she was talking to people.

“She didn’t judge

people. She had dealings

with members of

Parliament, gang dudes

and everyone was just a

person to her,” Mr Mayo

said.

Many tributes have

been made online in honour

of Mrs Mayo – including

from Greater Christchurch

Regeneration Minister Megan

Woods.

Dr Woods said she was a

passionate, generous, kind,

clever woman of Hornby

who supported many of her

campaigns and often provided

catering for volunteers on

election day.

Mrs Mayo was also a huge supporter

of Hornby High School.

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She was involved in the

establishment of the school in

the 1970s, was on the PTA and

worked at school canteen for

about 15 years.

Hornby High School

principal Robin Sutton

said she left her own extraordinary

and indelible

mark on the community

and her unmistakable and

positive laugh would be

missed.

Mrs Mayo was involved

in volunteering for many

community groups including

the Hornby Community Care

Centre, the Rotary Club of

Hornby and the Christchurch

South Rotary Club.

She was one of about 3000

people awarded The New

Zealand 1990 Commemoration

Medal for her services to the

community.

“We only found out about it

when we were going through her

stuff the other day so she kept

that very quiet,” Mr Mayo said.

Funding for

neighbourhood

gatherings open

APPLICATIONS HAVE opened

for funding for residents hoping to

organise neighbourhood gatherings.

Summer with your neighbours

is about bringing people closer

together, and celebrating the

unique and diverse mix of each

neighbourhood.

The first event was held in 1998

and has grown in popularity since its

inception.

Residents can apply for a small

subsidy to go towards the gathering.

The fundings could be used for a

range of gatherings including a pot

luck dinner, neighbourhood sports

day, staring a community project,

a walking school bus, clean-up or

street garage sale.

The applications opened yesterday

and will close on August 16.

•To make an application go to

https://ccc.govt.nz/news-andevents/whats-on/show/18

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