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The Civic Award was established to 'Recognise Outstanding Voluntary Community Service carried out within the Central Hawke’s Bay District by an Individual’.

Civic Awards 2020

In 1991, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council in conjunction with the 1990 Commission and the Central Hawke’s Bay Women’s Institute, established a Civic Honours Award to ‘Recognise Outstanding Voluntary Community Service carried out within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.'

This year, in addition to the long-standing Civic Honours Award, we are pleased to announce the introduction of two new award categories, the Community Service Award and the Organisation of the Year Award.

While the Civic Honours Award remains the most prestigious award, honouring those outstanding citizens in our community who, over a long period of time, have gone above and beyond to serve their community, the two new award categories provide for multiple acknowledgements of community service in varying degrees.

The Civic Honours Awards were held 29 September 2020 at the Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre. 

Recipients of the 2020 Civic Honours Award, recognised for their meritorious long term service to the Central Hawke's Bay community, are:

  • Terry Kingston
  • Shona Crooks
  • Tony Gray

Terry Kingston edited 2Terry has worked effectively and tirelessly with many people to ensure that not-for-profit organisations run smoothly in assisting their community; that children's sport is fair and equitable; and that local schools have the support they so richly deserve. He has served the community in a magnitude of ways, is a well-known personality, and someone who people go to for help on a regular basis. Terry served as Committee member and in instances Chairperson of the many community organisations. Terry has always had a close association with the Waipawa School as a student, a parent, a staff member, a Board member, a PTA member and now a grandparent. He continues to actively promote Waipawa School, the Central Hawke’s Bay District and the Waipawa township in particular. People are Terry’s passion. His generosity continues to benefit the Central Hawke’s Bay community through his work with the Waipawa RSA and in helping with community ANZAC Day Dawn Services. Terry has for many years been involved with Waipawa Duck Day, an iconic, annual community event. His service to the community continues as Chairperson of Age Concern where he has worked tirelessly in the Chairperson role and continues to dedicate his time to the organisation.

 

Shona Gray 3Shona has been an active and highly valued member of Red Cross for 60 years, joining in April 1960. Shona was the Red Cross Branch Treasurer for 29 years, doing all the bookwork for the Branch and all while working full time. In her time with the Red Cross, Shona has voluntarily participated in the catering for the Annual Bull Sale, organised the Christmas Stall at the Pukeora Festival, and is integral to the running of the Annual Red Cross Appeal by managing rosters and supporting collectors. Shona has been an accompanying support person for the "Earthquake Survivors" for the Annual Afternoon Tea for several years and has a special rapport with the long-standing members of our community. She is a voluntary member of the Red Cross Branch Emergency Response Team (BERT) that formed in 2018, to respond in case of an emergency, supporting Civil Defence should the need arise. In addition to her selfless work with the Red Cross, Shona has been involved in several organisations, serving on their committees including but not limited to the Waipawa Museum Committee, The Cancer Society, Food Bank, Probus and recently the Waipukurau Primary School's Reunion Committee. 

 

Tony 2Tony was a volunteer driver for the Pakeke Centre and the Red Cross transporting community members to medical and other appointments in Central Hawke's Bay, Hastings and as far as Napier. Annually helped organise the iconic Festival at Pukeora Estate, organising the transport, parking and shuttle buses making sure it was an enjoyable and safe event for all and then became Chairman of the Festival for a few years. He has been a mentor for Project K for 10 years, mentoring vulnerable young persons on a one to one basis and assisting on educational weekend pursuits. For 5 years as Head Mentor of Connecting Driver Licensing, a CHB initiative for the whole community, Tony has given driving lessons, mentoring local residents by helping them acquire their driver’s licence and in doing so, enabling those people to acquire gainful employment. Voluntarily he has worked for Victim Support for 16 years becoming a Suicide Bereavement specialist. He has provided support and help for those in need not only in Central Hawke's Bay but also the wider Hawke's Bay area. Since his retirement from Victim Support, he has joined the Committee of Central Hawke's Bay Victim Support so that he can continue to encourage and support their workers. 

 

 

Recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Community Service Award, for outstanding voluntary community service, are:

  • Donna Pirini
  • Hayley Barrett
  • Gael Riddiford

DonnaDonna is a Social Worker based at Central Connect and has worked at other organisations in Central Hawke's Bay including Pleroma CHB.Her contribution to the community is immense. Calm and compassionate nature. She has a huge success rate in engaging and supporting families. Donna’s passion for working with young people and their whanau to support them in their journey in the community is admired, and she has been described as a “safe pair of hands” in our community. It’s people like Donna that are the backbone and heart of any community - people like her, that show up every day to serve others and do what they can to meet needs consistently and quietly. The support and advocacy she offers clients is invaluable and has helped improve the lives of some of our community members.Donna has come into schools to meet with and support some of our most vulnerable youth. She was able to talk and gain their confidence and work to help them feel good about themselves and consider their choices.

 

HayleyHayley has worked closely with Plunket whanua awhina, Hawke's Bay District Health Board, Council's Health Liaison group, Te tai whenua and Pregnancy help to create the new collaborative Pregnancy and Parenting Central Hawke's Bay. She is a strong advocate for improving services and health outcomes for our Pregnant mama and their pepe. Hayley was instrumental to the establishment of the new Maternity Hub at the CHB Health Centre. She has been the back bone of CHB Parents Centre for 12+ years ensuring the continuation of many services and going beyond to make sure they are free of charge and available to all. She is the main driver of maternal health (outwith health practitioners) locally and her voluntary contribution to this sector has seen the improvement of services. Her ability to relate and make people comfortable, from new mums and committee members to potential corporate investors and councillors leaves her with not only a huge community circle, but as the go to for anyone needing a hand.

 

awaiting photoFor 15 years a Christmas Day Community Dinner, inspired and organised by Gael has provided sustenance and a social occasion for an increasing number of our locals who might otherwise be lonely or disadvantaged on this special day. Gael's unstinting leadership of this most successful annual celebration is fully deserving of recognition. Most of the people who attend are on their own and don't have anyone to share Christmas day with and this makes Christmas special for them. Some people are new to the district and the community Christmas dinner helps them feel part of Central Hawke's Bay. Last year 100 people attended the dinner. Gael co-ordinates the food, cooking, serving and the cleaning up afterwards. She makes it a fun and social occasion with decorations and entertainment, ensuring everyone has an enjoyable and memorable day. 

 

 

 

 

The recipient of the 2020 Organisation of the Year Award, recognised for making a transformational impact on Central Hawke’s Bay, is:

  •  Pakeke Centre

Pakeke CentrePakeke Centre provides a day centre for older people in our community, four days a week. It offers activities, speakers, outings, a lunch and morning and afternoon teas, and a van service to bring clients to the Centre and take them home again. What makes Pakeke exceptional, however, are the love, care and thoroughness with which every aspect of Centre life is presented and the resulting atmosphere there.This unique and vital service has been operating for the past 21 years. Six professional, competent and proactive staff provide this service with the dedicated assistance from 20 volunteers, who assist and engage with van driving and kitchen duties. Pakeke Centre has made a marked difference in our community, especially during COVID-19 by providing reassurance, activity packs, meals/baking, groceries and home visits to the clients, by the loyal dedicated staff. This was a vital service, under challenging circumstances in assisting to help prevent social isolation and depression occurring and support mental well-being.

 

 

Congratulations to all. 

  

Central Hawke’s Bay Civic Honours Award

The Civic Honours Award is the most prestigious of the CHB Civic Awards and will be presented to individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the CHB community over a long period. The Award is awarded in recognition of substantial service (usually of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment).

Substantial service includes short term or long-term projects or activities that have benefited the Central Hawke’s Bay community, adding to the quality of life or residents.

The Civic Awards Committee may award up to four Civic Honour Awards annually.

What are the CHB Civic and Community Awards?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) introduced its Civic Honours Award system in 1991 to enable voluntary service within the District to be duly recognised.

The Civic Honours Award was established at the initiative of the Central Hawke’s Bay Country Women’s Institute and the New Zealand 1990 Commission to mark the NZ 1990 year.

Since its inception, up to four Civic Honours Award have been presented annually. In 2019, the Civic Awards Committee sought to broaden the way it acknowledges and celebrates outstanding community service within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The CHB Civic Awards now provides for multiple acknowledgements of community service through two additional categories of awards — the Community Service Awards and the Community Organisation of the Year Award.

 

To apply online, read the nomination guidelines then fill in our online application form.

 

Alternatively, download the nomination form and guidelines here and send via email, along with supporting documentation, to governance@chbdc.govt.nz

Nominations close 27th August 2020.

CHB Community Service Award

Where determined that nominees do not quite meet the criteria for a Civic Honours Award, the Civic Awards Committee may acknowledge outstanding voluntary community service by way of a Community Service Award for the following categories:

• Community
• Social
• Cultural
• Youth
• Recreation and Sport
• Education
• Religion
• Conservation

The Civic Awards Committee will also consider other civic services not categorised above and worthy of recognition.

What are the CHB Civic and Community Awards?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) introduced its Civic Honours Award system in 1991 to enable voluntary service within the District to be duly recognised.

The Civic Honours Award was established at the initiative of the Central Hawke’s Bay Country Women’s Institute and the New Zealand 1990 Commission to mark the NZ 1990 year.

Since its inception, up to four Civic Honours Award have been presented annually. In 2019, the Civic Awards Committee sought to broaden the way it acknowledges and celebrates outstanding community service within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The awards now provides for multiple acknowledgements of community service through two additional categories of awards — the Community Service Award and the Community Organisation of the Year Award.

 

To apply online, read the nomination guidelines then fill in our online application form.

 

Alternatively, download the nomination form and guidelines here and send via email, along with supporting documentation, to governance@chbdc.govt.nz

Nominations close 27th August 2020.

CHB Organisation of the Year Award

The Civic Awards 2020 sees the introduction of the Community Organisation of the Year Award. Eligible for this award are any group, society, trust, organisation, association, or club whose work has had a transformational impact on Central Hawke’s Bay in the following categories:

• Community
• Social
• Cultural
• Youth
• Recreation and Sport
• Education
• Religion
• Conservation

The Civic Awards Committee will also consider other civic services not categorised above and worthy of recognition.

What are the CHB Civic Awards?

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) introduced its Civic Honours Award system in 1991 to enable voluntary service within the District to be duly recognised.

The Civic Honours Award was established at the initiative of the Central Hawke’s Bay Country Women’s Institute and the New Zealand 1990 Commission to mark the NZ 1990 year.

Since its inception, up to four Civic Honours Award have been presented annually. In 2019, the Civic Awards Committee sought to broaden the way it acknowledges and celebrates outstanding community service within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

The awards now provide for multiple acknowledgements of community service through two additional categories of awards — the Community Service Awards and the Community Organisation of the Year Award.

 

To apply online, read the nomination guidelines then fill in our online application form.

 

Alternatively, download the nomination form and guidelines here and send via email, along with supporting documentation, to governance@chbdc.govt.nz

 

Nominations close 27th August 2020.

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