from the NZ Herald

She has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours for more than 40 years of dedication to the Waikanae Music Society.

Awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to music, Wendy said her first reaction was surprise. “I was surprised, but the award is not just for me, it’s for the society.

“I’m glad to have this recognition for the Waikanae Music Society as that’s what I’m involved in and what the award is for.

“I couldn’t possibly pick one achievement I’m most proud of because there are so many things we’ve done as a society, but I’m proud to be able to have brought people joy through music.”

Wendy was a foundation member of the society in 1978 and has been the concert manager since 1981.

During her time with the society, she has organised around eight concerts each year for audiences of 200–300 people.

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