From knitting to organising, New Plymouth’s citizens get recognition


Kit Lea was honoured for 30 years of service knitting for the neonatal unit at Taranaki base hospital.

When Kit Lea saw a need up at the neonatal unit in the hospital, she got out her knitting needles to solve it.

Now, around three decades later, she and eight other volunteers have been recognised and presented with Citizenship Awards by mayor Neil Holdom on Friday night.

“I do beanies and little singlets, booties, anything they want,” the 75-year-old said.


“You don’t do it do to anything like that, you do it because I like knitting and I feel like I can do something for the community,” Lea said.

Lea, who has also served for 30 years with Lions, said it was only “a few hundred” items of clothing she had made over the years but a family member who attended the ceremony with her said it was definitely in the thousands.

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She joked she was “absolutely horrified” when she found out she had been nominated for the award.


Terry Parkes (left) was also honoured at the awards for his work on multiple…

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