Celebrating Local Legend – Gary Davis

In the heart of our community, there are unsung heroes whose contributions often go unnoticed. That’s why we launched the Local Legends competition in collaboration with the Southern Outlook, to shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond for others. We received a huge number of nominations that highlighted just how lucky we are in the Southland to have so many wonderful volunteers. Among the exceptional nominees stood Gary Davis, and here’s what Anjelina said about Gary in her nomination.

We would like to nominate Gary Davis for the Local Legends Competition. Here is a little bit about Gary: Gary Davis (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha). Gary has been the Tumuaki of Te Wharekura o Arowhenua for 8 years, prior to which he was a teacher and Deputy Principal at the kura. Gary is on a number of Boards within the community, including Chair of Mīharo Murihiku Trust. His passion and commitment to rangatahi, community and the revitalisation of te reo Māori within Murihiku make him more than just a local legend. He is a very humble man, a true advocate for our community and his advice and guidance deserves recognition. Gary gives more than just his time to this community– he goes above and beyond to share his in depth knowledge of local history, tikanga and an overwhelming aroha for people, especially rangatahi.

We can’t think of anyone else more deserving of the title ‘Local Legend’ than Gary, and it would be a pleasure to nominate him for this recognition.

Last week, we had the pleasure of surprising Gary with the news of his win. His reaction was a mix of embarrassment and humility, but his genuine character and warmth were evident. He won a night for two at The Langlands Hotel, including dinner and breakfast. Enjoy your well-deserve break, Gary!

Thanks to everyone for all the amazing nominations, we could only pick one winner this time, but we encourage all of you to celebrate your own legends every chance you get!