People come first for patron

South Alive patron Peggy Peek.

MUCH-LOVED and well-known South Invercargill identity Peggy Peek has been appointed patron of the South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive).

The trust is led by the South Alive Trust Board, which Mrs Peek had previously been a trustee of since its beginnings in 2012.

Earlier this year, Mrs Peek resigned from the board, and was invited to be its patron in February.

Throughout the decades, Mrs Peek has been an active volunteer in the community, heavily involved in the Anglican Church-Tikanga Maori and was one of the founding members of the Murihiku Marae, so it seemed a natural progression to become involved in South Alive, where she was also a Waihopai Runaka representative.

Trust chairwoman Robyn Hickman said after eight years of work with the trust and contributing to South Alive, the board members asked Mrs Peek to be its inaugural patron.

“Peggy will still be a part of South Alive, just in a different position.”

Throughout the years, the trust had talked about having a patron, she said.

“This just seemed the perfect match.”

Mrs Hickman said the trust wanted to recognise Mrs Peek’s long service.

“She has really been an integral part of the trust and in the office since it [South Alive] started.”

“It’s a way of honouring Mrs Peek.

“She is still a part of us… but in a less demanding role.”

Brought up in the southern suburb of Clifton, Mrs Peek had spent all but 10 years of her life in South Invercargill, she said.

The intervening years, she lived in Tuatapere and Riverton.

Now 84, Mrs Peek was still committed to the southern suburbs 9812 area.

South Alive focused on projects the community had identified as important to them, with volunteers from the community actioning those projects.

This had resulted in setting up the South Alive office, its social enterprise Pantry on Grace St, and hosting various community events such as the annual trolley derby, street party in South City and summer night food markets.

For Mrs Peek, South Alive meant “gathering the people”.

“In the past we have had activities to bring people together.

“I think as new people arrive, we can meet and greet with them as well.”

It was an ongoing community project, with the potential to grow and develop.

“We can keep our eyes open to see what can be done.”

Mrs Hickman said it was hoped as patron, Mrs Peek would be able to attend various events of the trust… “all the big events such as recognising the South Alive volunteers annually and any unveilings”.Running sport mediaNike