A Southland man has been awarded with the 2018 Community Service Award for his long and dedicated service to the Ohai and Nightcaps community.
Ohai-Nightcaps Lions Club president Peter Templer and Lions District 202F governor Wendy Goodwin presented Conrad Waihape with the Community Service Award at the club's meeting on Monday (August 6) for always taking the time out of his day to help people and serve his community.
Mr Waihape, who owns and operates his family business Waihape Excavating and Drainage Ltd, has been known to support local residents when asked, including donating wood for the Ohai Playgroup fundraising raffle, preparing and cooking hangi, as well as mowing lawns and doing repairs for various community groups.
Mr Waihape's transport truck has been used to help numerous people moving different things and has even been used as a hearse. He has been a member of the Nightcaps Fire Brigade for more than 15 years and is currently the station officer. He was one of two brigade members who risked their lives to rescue a neighbour from a lethal house fire in 2015.
For that, he received a New Zealand Bravery Medal from the office of the Governor General during a special presentation by Southland District Mayor Gary Tong.
As a well-known musician, Mr Waihape has entertained patrons at the Nightcaps Hotel on many occasions, as well as being a star attraction as part of the annual Lions Senior Citizens Christmas Concert over the past three years. He also makes himself available to groups and organisations whenever requested.