Christchurch Civic Awards

The Christchurch City Council presents annual awards to recognise substantial service, usually of a voluntary nature benefiting the City of Christchurch and its people.

the mayor and all recipients of the 2017 civic awardsAny significant contribution to the life of the city and its people may be presented for civic commendation.

Making a nomination

Nominations for 2017 are closed. Nominations for 2018 will be open in early July 2018.

Individuals, societies, associations, clubs etc. can make nominations.

  1. Complete the nomination form [PDF, 229 KB] which is also available at all Christchurch City Council Service Centres and Public Libraries.
  2. Nominations must be received on or before the closing date.
    • Post your completed nomination to Civic Awards, Christchurch City Council, PO Box 73016, Christchurch or
    • Deliver to any Christchurch City Council Service Centre clearly marked with Civic Award Nomination. 

Criteria for judging

  • The criteria for judging sets out some guidelines for the Committee and recommends a process for judging that allows for clarity and accountability.
  • Judging panel cannot act as a nominator.
  • The Council, as a body, may not submit nominations, although nominations may be submitted by councillors and community board members as individuals.
  • Each nomination will be judged on its own merit against the following criteria: 
    1. Work of a 'substantial nature' is defined as short-term or long-term projects or activities that have benefited the city in such a way as to have added to the quality of life of the residents. 
    2. Each nomination is considered in the way it benefits the Metropolitan area of Christchurch. 'Metropolitan' means the area encompassing the east coast, the boundaries of Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Banks Peninsula District Council. 
  • Nominations may be made for individuals and organisations whose work, usually of a voluntary capacity, is considered to have made an impact on the city of Christchurch.
  • No award recipient will be eligible to receive both a Civic Award and a Community Board Award in the same year.

Further information

If you wish to discuss your nomination please contact:

Milinda Peris 
Civic and International Relations Team
Phone: (03) 941 8251 

Recipients of Christchurch Civic Awards 2017

Civic Award

  • Kendra Burgess-Naude – emerging leader for youth advocacy
  • Canterbury Children’s Theatre – for community service
  • City Harvest Food Rescue – emerging leader for community service
  • Friends of the Akaroa Museum – for services to culture and heritage
  • Derek Errington McCullough – for community service
  • Bruce McEachen – for community service
  • Leith Ellen McMurray – for community service
  • One Mother To Another – emerging leader for community service
  • Parafed Canterbury – for services to sport
  • Bishnu Pokhrel – for services to migrant communities
  • Roy Sinclair – for community service
  • Anthony John Tizzard – for community service

View the full list of the 2017 recipients and their services.

The Chair and members of the Civic Awards subcommittee wish to thank the public for their interest in the Civic Awards and for submitting nominations for consideration.