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Frank Watters Memorial Award (Taranaki Philatelic Society)
Following the death of Frank Watters in 1993, a memorial fund was set up to provide an annual prize to be awarded to a deserving New Zealand philatelist who has made a significant contribution in either the area of postal history or junior philately.
Philatelic societies in New Zealand are sent out a nomination form early each year seeking nominations. Once nominations are closed, usually the end of April, the president of the Taranaki Philatelic Society and the President of the Postal History Society decide the winner for the year.
The award is presented at an appropriate event. The winner is awarded a certificate, a monetary amount and also a trophy in the form of a clock which they hold for one year.
The clock is made out of ancient swamp kauri from Takanini, South Auckland that had been buried for a period of 1290 years.
Recipients of the Frank Watters Memorial Award
2016Mr Mike Steele, Auckland
|1997||Mrs Barbara Streeter, South Auckland||1998||Mr Rob Hunt, North Shore|
|1999||Mrs Heather Smart, Ashhurst||2000||Mr Robin Startup, Masterton|
|2001||Mr Tom O’Carroll, Christchurch||2002||Mr Keith Griffiths, Auckland|
|2003||Mrs Elizabeth Brown, Dargaville||2004||Mr Richard Armstrong, Auckland|
|2005||Mr Keith Richards, Hastings||2006||Mr Ross Gainsford, Lower Hutt|
|2007||Mr David Shand and Rob Carlyon, Tauranga||2008||Mr Alan Jackson, Christchurch|
|2009||[not awarded]||2010||Mr John Waller, Hamilton|
|2011||Mr Robert Rush, Christchurch||2012||Mr G I Robertson, Auckland|
|2013||Mr Brian Ducker, Tauranga||2014||Mr Tim Beach, Auckland|
|2015||Mr Alan Tunnicliffe, Christchurch||2016||Mr Mike Steele, Auckland|
|2017||[not awarded]||2018||Ms Leila Thompson, Hutt Valley|
|2019||[not awarded]||2020||[not awarded]|
Further details about the Frank Watters Memorial Award can be obtained from the Secretary of the Taranaki Philatelic Society.