Georgantis recognized for tireless community service

Hazel Georgantis, left, with Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro at her investiture ceremony in Wellington.

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Hazel Georgantis, left, with Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro at her investiture ceremony in Wellington.

Since officially “retiring” in 1991, Taupō’s Hazel Georgantis has done everything but put her feet up and relax.

Hazel Beatrice Georgantis was honored for her tireless work last week when she received the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for her community service at an investiture ceremony in Wellington.

Georgantis was named a recipient of a QSM in the 2021 New Year’s Honors and has been supporting community organizations in Taupō since her retirement.

But even before that, she has provided pastoral support to parishioners as a vicar’s wife since the 1950s.

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She has been involved with St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Taupō organizing garden walks, church dinners and fundraisers and has volunteered as a hospital chaplain at Taupō Hospital since 2005, serving as ‘there was no permanent chaplain, supporting patients and whānau during difficult times.

She continues to support the new chaplain and provides cover on a voluntary basis.

Outside of her work for the church, she has served on the board of Creative Clay Taupō since 1992, is a life member, and served as president for several years, helping to grow club membership and directing club activities.

She was on the committee that organized and ran the National Potters’ Convention in Taupō, as well as many pottery exhibitions.

She is a licensed potter and regularly exhibits her works.

Georgantis has mentored and helped teach new potters, adults and children, including those with disabilities, and is a life member of Active Arts Taupō.

Georgantis volunteered one day a week at the Taupō Interchurch Welfare Opportunity Shop for 30 years and was a member of its fund allocation committee for 10 years.

Norma P. Rex