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Civic Awards Ceremony Honours Community Legends

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Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they’re the quiet achievers working tirelessly behind the scenes; it is these people who were celebrated at last night’s Civic Honours Awards Ceremony.

A moving awards evening was held at Central Hawke’s Bay’s Municipal Theatre to shine a light on the work of four individuals and a couple, who have given their time and passion to projects, events and services that benefit the entire Central Hawke’s Bay community.

All of this year’s winners were presented with an Outstanding Community Service Award, demonstrating a huge level of un-noticed mahi (work) that happens every day, to make this a thriving place to live, work and play.

This year’s recipients of the Outstanding Community Service Award are:

  • Yvonne and Jim (Robert) Macaulay 
  • Dorothy King 
  • Diana Josephine Kittow 
  • Carmel Thompson 
  • Jane Wyn-Harris 

Mayor Alex Walker says it is always incredible to see the dedication and unwavering community spirit the awards dig up year after year.

“Seeing these people come out of the woodwork, to take the stage and actually be recognised for the work they have done for so long without want for publicity or praise is  really special and something we can all be really proud of,” she says.

“They are the undeniable heroes of our district – without whom we would not have such a vibrant and rich network of events, services, and community facilities available. Many have grown up and raised families here, they have put down roots, made memories and given as much back as they have received from Central Hawke’s Bay.”

Now more than ever, these special individuals have played a huge part in ensuring it continues to be an engaged, supportive, happy environment for generations to come.

Central Hawke’s Bay Chief Executive Doug Tate says the cogs of change would turn far slower, without the quiet achievers in our communities.

“These are the ‘doers’ who get out there without being asked and put their hands up to make a difference. They help to nurture and care for those who can’t care for themselves, get stuck in when required and most importantly make a huge difference to the communities in which they live," he says.

“Giving them the pat on the back they deserve is what the Civic Honours Awards are all about.”
The Civic Honours Award Ceremony was held at Central Hawke’s Bay Municipal Theatre in Waipawa on August 11, 2021.

For more information and full profiles on each of the winners visit:

12 August 2022

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