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The Mayoral Business Hall of Fame laureates were announced at the Electra Business and Innovations Awards, on the 19th of October.

The Award is sponsored by the Horowhenua District Council.

 The two exceptional individuals who have left in indelible mark on our community are Charlie and Chrissy Pedersen. As joint laureate nominees of the Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame for their leadership, business success, and tireless contributions to the Foxton Community, stand as an inspiring example for us all. 

Charlie alongside his brother Wally, co-founded Peterson Timber Co, in Foxton, focusing on the logging and processing of timber. Charlie and Chrissy also owned several dairy farms across the region. This entrepreneurial spirit led him to excel not only in business but also in his role with Federated Farmers. He ultimately became the National President and Chair of the board. Known as a strong communicator and fierce advocate for farmers, he helped facilitate a 65,000 signature petition, then drove a vintage tractor and led a cow up the steps of Parliament, to protest Government plans to tax for animal emissions. Charlie was also Vice President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers. 

 Chrissy was born and raised on Te Whanga Road, Levin, where her grandfather, Charlie Webb was renowned breeder of Ayrshire dairy cows. She trained and qualified as a radiographer, she operated the first MRI system at Palmerston North Hospital excelling in bone densitometry, medical imaging scans and mammography. Chrissy's commitment to her community was evident in her role on the PHO committee for the Himatangi area, where her dedication helped establishing the Himatangi clinic. 

 United in their support for Foxton, the Pedersen contributions have been profound. Both played active roles in the Foxton Rotary Club serving as Presidents at the different moments, demonstrating their commitment to community service.

Chrissy’s tenacity resulted in the lighting of the Foxton Water Tower - a beacon symbolising their dedication to putting Foxton on the map. Charlie's chairmanship of the Te Waiora Trust showcased their commitment to enhancing healthcare access within our region. 

 Their commitment to local economic vitality is evident through the investment in the heart of Foxton’s township.  Their ownership of shops and revitalisation efforts reflect their determination to see our community flourish. Their support for new businesses, through mentorship and removing barriers, has invigorated entrepreneurial spirit.

 Charlie and Chrissy Pedersen are joint laureate nominees of the Horowhenua Business Hall of Fame, we celebrate not only their achievements but also their enduring legacy. Their leadership, business acumen and unwavering dedication have left an indelible imprint on our community, reminding us all the power of vision, partnership and giving back.

The Business Hall of Fame Laureate Board is located in the Foyer of the Horowhenua District Council. 

Photo credit: Joanna Piatek - Captured by Friday

Photo ; Chrissy, Mayor Bernie Wanden, Charlie Pedersen with their Award