North Harbour Hockey congratulates our Life Member Merv Huxford as he was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the community with a Queens Service Medal.
Merv has played hockey for about 55 years, representing Manawatu 1969 – 1971, followed by five years of club hockey in Wellington 1972 -1976 before moving to the North Harbour region in 1978.
At all stages of his hockey career, Merv has had an affinity for and considerable success with coaching junior and youth players at school and association levels, coaching many school aged teams across the Hibiscus Coast over the past 26 years – including future Black Stick players Dave Kosoof and Bryce Collins. He has coached North Harbour teams from Hatch Cup through to Masters, and various HDF Club sides along the way.
Merv has supported hockey in an administration capacity, across club, association, and national levels, which contributed to his Hockey New Zealand Gold Service Award, for 25+ years. Since 2012, Merv has been a key driver behind the build and completion of, the multi-sport facility at Metro Park in Millwater on the Hibiscus Coast. The establishment of this facility has seen primary school hockey grow on the Hibiscus Coast from 23 teams to 55 teams today and a top-level training facility for the local community.
Outside of hockey, Merv serves his community as he volunteers his time on the Youth in Transition trust, a suicide prevention service for young people. To add, Merv is also passionate about supporting his locally and internationally across educational, recreation, and health services, including his donation of hockey sticks and playing gear that he delivered by hand to schools in Malawi.
This is just a short summary of Merv’s contribution, and we feel very privileged to have worked alongside you at different stages of your hockey journey. Congratulations on such an achievement and we look forward to catching you in the Clubhouse over a drink to celebrate!