Community Judging Panel

Michael Dowling

Family, farming and community - the foundations of Michael Dowling's life. Michael is a long standing stalwart of the Maniototo community, a 3rd generation farmer of Pine Terrace that's been in the Dowling name for over 100 years. Michael has been married to Joan for nearly 50 years; they have seven children and is a much-loved 'Grandy' to 16 grandchildren. Michael believes in the importance of service -  over the years he has given his time to rugby clubs, school boards and charitable trusts. He served on the Maniototo Community Board for many years, including seven years as chairperson and was a Central Otago District Councillor, a role he greatly enjoyed.

Carole Gillions

Carole and her husband moved to Central Otago in 2002, where they have since raising their family. As manager of the Alexandra Community House, Carole gets to see organisations and individuals making a difference to Alexandra and districts. She is also involved with Alexandra and Districts Youth Trust, Clyde Primary School Board of Trustees and Alexandra BMX Club and enjoys being part of the vision these groups bring to our community.

Carole believes that the health of a community is a direct reflection on all the volunteer effort and passion that comes from the people who live here.

Russell Marsh

Russell is a third-generation beekeeper based in Central Otago. His family's honey brand was established in 1934 and is well known throughout New Zealand for its white clover honey along with pollination services provided to farms and orchards throughout the Otago region.

Prior to returning home to the bees Russell had a long and varied background in the commercial food sector.

He is married to Trudie and has two teenage children Charlie and Molly.

Ainsley Webb

Ainsley came to Cromwell as a midwife in 1973 for a maximum of two years, or so she thought. Quite some time ago, that changed to 'why would I ever leave!'. Ainsley, now retired, worked as a midwife for 20 years and as a practice nurse for 20 years.

When Ainsley married John Webb she embraced the progressive and quality fruit growing ethos of the long established family business.

Over 14 years ago Ainsley was elected to the Board of Central Otago Health Incorporated and has served as Chairperson for the past eight years.

Ainsley has been involved in various organisations within the community, particularly Rural Women New Zealand where she has served in positions at local and regional levels.

Doug White

Doug feels privileged to have led a great team at Clyde School since 2005. As Principal he gets to be in daily contact with the many volunteers who make the community tick, as well as experience first-hand the enthusiasm for life that children bring to his school.

His interests include gliding, skiing, geography and history, the arts and exploring the world on his mountain bike.

Doug relishes living and working in a positive community particularly one that celebrates its heritage, has a lively arts scene and that respects and works to enhance its unique environment, and that also has an energy and vitality that supports innovation and enterprise.