Big day for local identity

It was something of a family affair this week as longtime Raglan identity Clint Baddeley was presented  by the Governor-General with his gong as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government and the community. 

Clint is pictured at the Auckland investiture flanked by Dame Patsy Reddy and his wife Jackie. Also there to celebrate the occasion were children Jamie and Sarah, and (far left) former Hamilton deputy mayor and Wintec chair Gordon Chesterman, who nominated Clint for the honour.

While he was also on the Wintec board, where he spearheaded the redevelopment of its central Hamilton campus, Clint is best known locally for his 12-year stint as Raglan district councillor and his three years as Waikato’s deputy mayor.

His award – announced in the Queen’s Birthday honours three months ago – also recognises his service as convener of the Council of Trade Unions in the Waikato for 10 years, and as chair of the Waikato Community Trust.

Locally he’s also helped set up Raglan junior soccer and worked as a volunteer ambulance driver.  He continues to host the longest-running music show on Raglan Community Radio.