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.

2015 Civic Award recipientsAny significant contribution to the life of the city and its people may be presented for civic commendation.

Nominations for 2016 are open until Wednesday, 10 August 2016 using this Nomination guide and form [PDF, 1.2 MB].


Making a nomination

Nominations for 2016 are open until 10 August 2016

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

  1. Complete the Nomination guide and form [PDF, 1.2 MB] also available at all Christchurch City Council Service Centres and Public Libraries
  2. Nominations must be received on or before the closing date
    1. Post your completed nomination to Civic Awards, Christchurch City Council, PO Box 73016, Christchurch or
    2. 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 
Email: milinda.peris@ccc.govt.nz


Recipients of Christchurch Civic Awards 2015

Civic Award

The Award winners received their Civic Award from Mayor Dalziel at a special ceremony on Tuesday 1 December 2015.

Ian Beswick - for services to the performing arts
Francis Blandford - for Community Service
Garth Cant - for services to education
Anna Crighton - for heritage preservation
Henare Edwards - for services to Maori communities
Nicky Hutchinson - for services to the Canterbury A&P Show
David Ivory - for services to education
Paul Macdonald - for international relations
Jan Shirley McKillop - for community service
Alice Ridley - for youth advocacy
Gerard Smyth - services to the arts and media
Akaroa Hydro Generating Set Trust - for heritage conservation
Canterbury Caledonian Society - for heritage preservation
Surf Lifesaving Canterbury - for services to public safety

View the full list of the 2015 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.