St John Youth Hokonui celebrated the end of an era this week.
On Tuesday evening as part of their end-of-year prizegiving, St John Youth Hokonui members held a ceremony to celebrate the move to the new St John hub in Charlton Rd.
They also celebrated 90 years of St John Youth in New Zealand.
The ceremony started at the former St John premises in Main St at 6.30pm, and after the cutting of the celebratory cake, members moved to the new hub for the awards ceremony.
Four cadets – Jasmine Potts (19), Klea Phillipson (16), Shannaliese Tiepa-Phillipson (16) and Larissa McDonald (19) – received Grand Prior Awards.
Cadet leader Debbie Dickson said the Grand Prior Award was the highest award in St John Youth.
“It takes a lot of work to achieve – it’s a big honour,” Mrs Dickson said.
To receive a Grand Prior Award cadets had to earn six compulsory gold badges – caregivers, communication, community awareness, drill, first aid and St John – and six badges of their choice, as well as completing 100 hours’ community service, Mrs Dickson said.
“We are very proud of them.”
It was particularly special because they were the last cadets to receive their Grand Prior Award in the former St John premises, she said.
Penguins Evelyn Jones-Carran (9), Ellie Stewart (8) and Darren Hollis (9) received Super Penguin Awards.
Division manager Marilynne Phillipson said the Super Penguin Award was the highest award for Penguins before they moved up to Cadets.
“They have to earn nine badges,” Mrs Phillipson said.
“I’m very proud of them.”
Next year the three Penguins would move up to Cadets, leaving only two in the unit, she said.
The unit needed more Penguins.
“It’s good to have five or six.”