Porirua Civic Awards
The Porirua Civic Awards are an annual event to recognise Porirua citizens for their outstanding voluntary service to the community.
Te Taku Parai
Le'autuli'ilagi Taotua M.F.Sauvao
Civic Award and Mayoral Certificate of Recognition Award recipients
Back row from left: the parents of Tristan Will, Phil O’Connell, Margaret Smith, John Rowe’s daughter, Taku Parai, Mayor Nick Leggett
From row from left: Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu, Le’autuli’ilagi Sauvao, Mazina Jalal, Esther McKendrick, Graham Kelly, Jenny Lester
Recipients absent from group photo: Phil Roache, Barbara Edmonds, Liz Harley, Rosemary Patterson
Please refer to the Porirua50 Awards which took the place of Civic Awards for 2015.
Professor John Wells
June and Neil Penman
Te Huri Arthur
Fuimaono Epirosa Setefono
Adalina (Freda) Tohill
Mrs Elizabeth Lee-Lo-Smith
Dr Margaret Lockhart Bailey
Mrs Lynne Renouf
Lemoli Wally Ranfurly
Dr Margaret Guthrie
Rev Sylvia Jenkins
Dr Allan Nichols
Janet Margaret Berry
Taukiri Wahine Thomason
Margaret Joyce Henderson
Margaret Campbell Johnson
Thelma Margaret Stevens
Helen Mary Painter
Lorraine Jean Williams
Sarah Renata Smith
Alfred Edward Mexted
Kathleen Mabel Mexted
John (Jack) Collins
Nui Sila Taupe
History of Creation of Civic Awards
Civic awards had been reported to Council Committees on two previous occasions before any progress was made.
The first report was presented in 1981 outlined the purpose of the awards and detailed the award system operated by the former Lower Hutt City Council. This report was received by the Finance, Policy and Staff Committee and referred to the Community Development and Cultural Committee.
The second report presented in 1988 recommended that a community service award system be established, along similar lines as the Lower Hutt City Council. This report was adopted by the Community Development and Cultural Committee. The matter however did not progress any further.
On 10 February 1992 a further paper was presented to the Resources Committee, which suggested, that the implementation of a Civic Award system by Council was appropriate, as it would allow Council to recognise outstanding voluntary service to the community. This was worked on by a small sub-committee and finally accepted by Council on 13 May 1992, to commence in 1993.
In 2000 it was decided to add a Mayoral Certificate of Recognition to recognise citizens who fall outside the scope of Civic Awards.