Civic Honours Awards

The annual Civic Honours Awards are in recognition of voluntary service, honouring those who give up their time for community groups, clubs and organisations.

These awards are designed to recognise individuals and volunteer groups, and celebrate their valuable contribution which makes our district a better place.

You can view last year's recipients below and on our 2021 Award Recipients page.

2022 Civic Honours Awards Nominations Open

The Horowhenua District is a better place because of people who go above and beyond, and take on more than their fair share of the load.  

We’re calling on people involved in community service groups and clubs to make a nomination for this year’s Civic Honours Awards.

Do you know someone who:

  • goes the extra mile for a club or organisation in a voluntary capacity?
  • provides exceptional leadership or behind the scenes support, or someone who has provided long service?
  • is a committee member or service volunteer, an outstanding sports coach, or a champion of a charitable organisation?
  • is quietly working in the background helping others or the wider district? 

Award categories

The awards have the following categories:

  • Community, cultural or religious affairs
  • Service to youth, recreation or education
  • Service to conservation.

Award criteria

The criteria for the awards are:

  • The service carried out by the nominated person must not be in a professional capacity or in the course of their paid employment.
  • Volunteers of any age can be nominated. Citizens can be nominated for the quality of their commitment or for the length of their service to the community.
  • Nominations that have been unsuccessful in previous years are welcome to be resubmitted.
  • Nominations must be made by two citizens of the district or by two executive officers of an organisation.

Civic Honours Award Guidelines and Full Criteria(PDF, 45KB)

Nominate now

If you need assistance with filling in the form, please email Council on or phone 06 366 0999.

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 4 September 2022.

Recipients and their whānau will be invited to attend the Civic Awards evening in November 2022, when the awards will be presented.

2021 Award Recipients Photo Gallery