End of an era!


Dame Joy Drayton,

Tauranga Girls' College Principal from 1959 – 1981 

Dame Joy Drayton, has many accolades to her name, however I am sure there are others that we don't know about, this remarkable woman has achieved much in her amazing life. 

Joy was also patron of the PTA until last year and donated to the school many paintings from her collection of artwork over the years. Joy has always maintained her interest in the school, that she did so much to shape and establish her whole life long.


This excerpt was taken out of an article created by the Bay of Plenty Times in 2004.


"It has been a year of milestones for Joy Drayton, who has received one of New Zealand's highest honours.

The 88-year-old former Tauranga Girls' College principal, deputy mayor and regional councillor has been appointed Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM), for services to education and local body affairs - just a month after completing a 16km walk along the Italian coast, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Dr Drayton, who was still actively involved with Environment Bay of Plenty until two years ago, today said she was surprised at being bestowed with the honour, which ranks as New Zealand's third-highest accolade and was awarded to only five people in the 2005 honours list.

"I am no longer actively working for the regional or city council, so I was a bit surprised," she said.

Friends and former colleagues were quick to praise a woman who has served Tauranga for 45 years.

"Joy richly deserves the honour because, quite apart from her occupational calling of school teacher and head mistress, she has always been actively involved in community life and has contributed to it tremendously," one of Dr Drayton's oldest friends, Lynette Harpham, said.

Former Tauranga Mayor Noel Pope expressed his "extreme pleasure" at the recognition.

"It is a well-deserved reward for Joy and to a certain extent acknowledges the depth of people we have living in our city.

"She has an incredible energy. I have often said to her over the years that she should slow down but it seems to be an offensive notion to her."

Environment Bay of Plenty chairman and former Tauranga City councillor John Cronin praised Dr Drayton's meticulous and astute approach to planning.

"Joy's attention to detail made sure everyone absolutely understood in the simplest way what the plan was about.

"It is absolutely tremendous to see her honoured in this way."

Dr Drayton moved to Tauranga in 1959 when she was appointed principal of Tauranga Girls' College, a post she held for 22 years.

She introduced Maori language studies, making the college the first state school to teach Maori.

In 1985, she entered local body politics, joining the Tauranga City Council to fight the cause for a new library.

Dr Drayton remained on the council until 1992, including three years as deputy mayor from 1986 to 1989.

The library was built and Dr Drayton developed a passion for planning.

In 1989, Environment Bay of Plenty was launched and with it Dr Drayton's next career move.

She became a regional councillor, serving as deputy chairwoman from 1992 to 1995, and chairwoman of the resource planning committee from 1996 to 1998, relinquishing her duties at the tender age of 82.

Dr Drayton was also a member of the Council of the University of Waikato from 1979 to 1987, serving as Pro Chancellor from 1986 to 1991 and as a member of the Court of Convocation, a member of the Hamilton Teachers' College Council from 1986 to 1990, a member of the Tauranga Branch of the executive committee of the National Council of Women from 1987 to 1991, a member of the executive committee of the Historic Places Trust from 1986 to 1998 and chairwoman of the Bay of Plenty Women's Refuge from 1982 to 1986.

A recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow Award for service to the community from the Tauranga Rotary Club in 1987, she is still actively involved in a number of community organisations."

Joy racks up a 'well-deserved' milestone. (2004, December 31). Retrieved September 14, 2012, from Bay of Plenty Times: http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/joy-racks-up-a-well-deserved-milestone/939115/

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