Master mariner honoured in Citizen's Awards

16 August 2019

David Chadfield – better known as “Happy Chaddy” of Chaddy’s Charters – works and lives by the motto “We’ll do anything to make you smile”.

It’s that selfless attitude that has earned him and 10 other leading lights an NPDC Citizens’ Award on Thursday.

The recipients were honoured for their outstanding and often unsung contributions in sport, culture, conservation, charity and other fields.

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says it’s one of the highlights of each year to recognise the local heroes who do so much for the community.

“It’s a privilege and an honour to present these awards. These community heroes come from all walks of life but they all share the same things in common, a love of our district and a desire to give back. I’m delighted that our community is able to acknowledge and celebrate them and say a big ‘thank you’ with these awards.”

A New Plymouth icon and one of our best-known local personalities, Chaddy has offered his experience to those thinking about a career at sea, mentored young people, helped dyslexic children and young boxers.

The master mariner has also championed the native wildlife and the environment of Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands, and visitors can wander freely in his museum at Breakwater Bay and learn about the little blue penguins through live video links from nests.

“What you give, you get back, I think, so I certainly give it my all to make people happy,” says Chaddy.

“I’m proud to say I’m a Taranaki person and I’m lucky to do a job that I love in such a fantastic place to live.  This award really means something to me.”

The full list of the 2019 Citizens’ Award recipients is:

  • Krystyna Beardman
  • Anne Bovett
  • David Chadfield 
  • Evan Cottam
  • Craig Dent
  • Barry Hartley
  • Dinnie Moeahu
  • Barbara O’Neill
  • Michael Green
  • Suzanne Smithers
  • Bronnie van Lith.
Chaddy smiling in his office