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Civic Awards 2022Ngā Tohu Kirirarau

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 2022

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.'

In addition to the long-standing Civic Honours Award, we are pleased to celebrate two other 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.

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.  

Read about the requirements of each award category below and nominate a person or organisation that you believe is deserving.

2022 Community Service Award Winners

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Carmel Thompson 

Carmel spends countless hours writing to Politician's and government departments, other budget services and social services to advocate for better support in our sector, particularly to keep our local budget service open to keep the community safe and educated. Carmel’s greatest talent is her way with people – and all people.  She has an empathy and respect that she shares with everyone regardless of background.

  • Nearly 30 years working to help some of the most vulnerable families in Central Hawkes Bay
  • Created Budgets, Educated many young and old people on money matters.
  • Ongoing advocate for the financial stability and education of the Central Hawkes Bay community. Closely working with other Social Services to better the financial situation of the CHB
  • Carmel has advocated on the behalf and always supporting clients in the CHB community with empathy and positive attitude
Untitled design 2022 08 12T084954.123 CopyJane Wyn-Harris 

Jane’s passion and drive for junior tennis in CHB has been incredible, running the interschool competition for many years as a volunteer (with support from Sport HB & Tennis Eastern), but in addition to this Jane has been a volunteer at the Waipukurau Tennis Club, running the national Hotshots starter tennis programme and organising many beginner level fun tennis events and helping with the Annual Junior Tennis Tournament at the Waipukurau Tennis Club for the last 15 years.

  • Head Tennis Coach at the Waipukurau Lawn Tennis & Squash Club
  • Coordinates the annual Waipukurau Tennis Tournament in December which attracts young players from all of Hawkes Bay and further afield.


Untitled design 2022 08 12T084927.501Diana Josephine Kittow (Di)

Diana has been in CHB for 60 years. Di Kittow has done great things for the Waipawa Tennis Club. She is an active member of the club who has been on the committee for 15 years plus. Di has held the role as the secretary for a long time and has done a great job of ensuring that everything required is done promptly and without fuss. 

  • Waipawa Tennis Club Committee/Secretary - 15 years plus
  • Court Marking/Grounds maintenance as required
  • Veterans Tournament running the Kitchen - 15 years plus
  • Always filling the gaps in the club where required
  • Most Valuable Club Member 2020
  • Waipawa Ladies Doubles Club Championship 2022
Untitled design 2022 08 12T085050.497 Yvonne and Robert (Jim) Macaulay 

Yvonne and Jim have lived in CHB for 76 years and contributed so much to our community over their lifetime. Yvonne and Jim have helped organize or assisted with nearly every Community event that has happened in Elsthorpe, and care for our assets - hall, sports club buildings and our people.

  • Jim was one of the inaugural members of the rural Fire service in Elsthorpe. He and another volunteer built the modern fire shed we have today, and Jim has maintained the fire engine and equipment as well as turned out for accidents and fires where his local knowledge is invaluable.
  • Yvonne has supported the volunteers with communications and reporting, organising training days, getting food in for the volunteers during call out debriefs and even babysitting children of the fire fighters.
  • In 1998 Yvonne and Jim were central to organizing the Elsthorpe Centenary. It was a hugely successful weekend enjoyed by many.
Untitled design 2022 08 12T084943.517Dorothy King (Dot)

The Rev Dorothy King is a hardworking and valuable member of the community. Dorothy has been in CHB for 40 years. As a Minister of the Anglican Church, she takes services in three parishes of Takapau, Norsewood and Ormandville always willing to do blessings. Dot is loved and respected by many.

  • Dot introduced enliven for seniors to Takapau. Cooking and providing all meals for the last 12 months.
  • Started the community garden at St Marks.
  • Visits the sick in their homes and hospital, travelling all over CHB often providing baking and meals.
  • Visits care homes to administer communion.

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.

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.

CHB 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.


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