Civic Awards

The Civic Awards acknowledge people who have volunteered their time to services that benefit residents or organisations in Upper Hutt.

Awards are made across a number of areas including community service, cultural affairs, education, recreation, environmental and youth activities. Recipients receive a certificate and medal presented to them by the Mayor at an Awards ceremony.

Make a nomination

Click on one of the tabs below for ways to submit your nomination. Nomination has now closed.


Make a nomination using our online form, linked below.

Civic Awards Nomination Form


Make a submission by post. 

Step 1. Print and complete the form

Civic Award Nomination Form(PDF, 166KB)


Step 2. Post it

The completed nomination form and attachments can be sent at any time to:

ATTN Kerrie Falconer
Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Upper Hutt City Council
Private Bag 907
Upper Hutt 5140

In person

Submit your completed form in person. 

Step 1. Print and complete the form

Civic Award Nomination Form(PDF, 124KB)


Step 2. Drop it off

The completed nomination form and attachments can be brought to the Council Service Centre.


About the awards

When are nominations taken?

Nominations can be received at any time of the year and will be held until required. Civic Award nominations for consideration in 2024 close on 31 May. A combined ceremony with the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards will take place on 11 July.

Completing the nomination form

Please complete the nomination form as supplied on this page. It is important that you provide as much information as possible about your nominee, and try to explain what their actual contribution in an area has been, as opposed to just listing jobs or posts held. 

Who qualifies?
Recipients of the award will be residents of Upper Hutt. Except in exceptional circumstances, an award will not be made to a person who has received other public recognition for the community service in the form of awards such as those conferred through the New Zealand Honours system. A person who has already received a Civic Award cannot receive it again.

Who should make the nomination?
A nomination must be signed by at least two residents of Upper Hutt, or if the nomination is from an Upper Hutt organisation, it must be signed by at least two executive members of that organisation. It is not necessary to obtain prior consent of the person being nominated. If a nomination is successful, the nominee will be contacted to ascertain whether he or she wishes to accept the award.

Who decides who should receive an award?
The Civic Awards Selection Panel is made up of the Mayor and two Upper Hutt City Councillors.

Are nominators advised once a decision is made?
Yes. Nominators will receive a letter advising whether the nomination has been successful.

Unsuccessful nominations
If a nomination is unsuccessful, you may submit the nomination in the following or future years. Unsuccessful nominations, or details of the people who nominated them will not be made public.

For further information, please contact:

Kerrie Falconer
Phone: (04) 527 2189


Civic Award Recipients

For a list of Civic Award recipients, click on the dropdown below.

View recipients

Year  Recipient

Mr Malcolm Gillies

Mr John Harrison

Mrs Judy Harrison

Mr Bill Lindsay


Dr Ramil Adhikari

Mr Graeme Bennett

Mrs Shelley Bryant

Mr Bart Hogan

Mrs Lynn McLeod

2021 Mr Thomas (Tom) Jones
2020 No awards were issued

Mr John Simister

Ms Sarah Purdy

2018 Mr Evan Sayer

Mrs Elizabeth Cook

Mr Allan Sheppard

Mrs Glennis Sheppard

Mr Phil Grocott

Mr Wayne Myers

Dr Barry Wards


Mr Ashley Bennett

Mr David Butcher

Mr Syd Giles

Mr Arthur Speer


Mr Ian James

Mr Peter Owles

2013 Mr James W Noice
2011 Mr John Morrison

Mr Kevin Adams

Mrs Clare Derby


Mrs Sue Millar

Mr Colin Gething


Mrs Adrianne Chandler

Mr Michael Aamodt

Mr Francis Stevenson

2001 Mr Peter Richardson

Ms Roz Brown

Mr Vivian Ruka


Mr Bruce Bold

Mr Donald Whiteman

1998 Mr Tom Wood

Mr Douglas Ormrod

Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club


Mr Richard Fellows

Mrs Audrey Harper


Mr Leonard Edwards

Mr John Philipson

1992 Mr Joe Cochrane

Sister Mary Constance

Mr Jock McEwen

Mr Keith Stewart


Mrs Joan Atkins

Mr Gavin Bucknell

Mrs Elizabeth Golightly

Mr Bill Hack


Upper Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau

Mrs Margaret Walker

Mr Mervyn Walker


Miss Mavis Adlam

Mr Eddie Just

Mr Eric Marsh

Mrs Nan Marsh


Mrs Heather Small

Mrs Norma Weddell


Mrs Elizabeth Garratt

Mr Norman Griffin

Mr Jack Wilson

Mrs Lily Wilson


Mr Eric Hamlet Brown

Mr Gordon James Hamilton


Mrs Mary Richardson

Mr Harry St Johnston

Mr Graham Stokes

Mr Leonard Robert Stringer