Passion for his patch

The Saddle Hill Community board hosted an afternoon tea last week to congratulate Colin and Ann...
The Saddle Hill Community board hosted an afternoon tea last week to congratulate Colin and Ann Weatherall on Mr Weatherall's receipt of the Queen's Service Medal. Photos by Debbie Porteous.
Long-time Saddle Hill advocate and politician Colin Weatherall's service to the Saddle Hill community and Dunedin was acknowledged at a community board afternoon tea in Waldronville after his receipt of his Queen's Service Medal on Friday.

Mr Weatherall, who was a Saddle Hill area community board member, chairman, ward councillor and city councillor over 30 years and involved in service and sports organisations, was awarded the medal for service to the community after retiring from politics last year.

He received it from the Governor-General last week.

Mr Weatherall's work ethic, integrity, sense of humour, humility, diplomacy skills and dedication to Saddle Hill and Dunedin were observations repeated by speakers at the afternoon tea.

His dedication to his community and city had been unswerving, Mayor Dave Cull said, through present ward councillor Andrew Whiley.

''The city would not be the same place without him.''

Mr Weatherall's QSM.
Mr Weatherall's QSM.
Mr Weatherall was always there for the long haul, whatever organisation he was involved with, Cr Andrew Noone said, while former Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Keith McFadyen thanked him for his guidance and contribution.

Board member Jonathan Usher observed Mr Weatherall seemed embarrassed by all the hoopla, but should not be: ''I hope you are proud of it [the QSM], because we are incredibly proud of you.''

Mr Weatherall thanked his wife Ann, family, and others: ''I truly do accept this not so much for myself, but for my family and community.

"I have nothing but passion for my patch.''


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