"Kapiti Civic Awards"
Kapiti Coast District Council


The Waikanae Music Society is delighted to announce that
Wendy van Delden
has been awarded a Kapiti Civic Award for 2006.

The following citation was submitted by the President and Committee of the Waikanae Music Society and supported by Chamber Music New Zealand, Michael Houstoun and Joan Sherley QSM.

"In 2006 Wendy van Delden completed 25 years as Concert Manager for the Waikanae Music Society. Over this time she has negotiated close to 300 concerts and related activities for the Society. In addition she has been active in arranging music for schools, maintaining close contact with musicians and liasing with Chamber Music New Zealand and musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to provide concerts. She has also assisted the visiting musicians with advice on travel, making arrangements for the special requirements the artists may have and kept in close contact with local media as the Society's publicity officer.

Wendy is a foundation and committee member of the Society which was started 28 years ago to provide concerts on the Kapiti Coast. She and her late husband Gerard were mainly responsible for raising funds to purchase a concert grand piano for the Society. As a music teacher she has untiringly worked for schools and young performers.

In no small way it is due to Wendy's contribution that the Waikanae Music Society has the reputation of being one of the best smaller centre music societies in New Zealand.

Wendy gains the respect of all who deal with her, managing sometimes difficult situations and the changing needs of professional musicians with grace and equanimity. She is totally professional in approach, focusing on the needs of performers and ensuring the concerts run smoothly for our audiences. She has represented the Society locally and with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Wendy also plays the piano each Anzac Day for the Waikanae RSA and she has been resident on the Kapiti Coast for over thirty years.

Recognition of her work will meet with the overwhelming approval of Kapiti residents and all those who have benefited from her hard work for music on the Kapiti Coast over the years."

Helen Guthrie

October, 2006