Christchurch Civic Awards

Each year our city benefits from the service of volunteers and others who go above and beyond the call of duty for Christchurch and its people. We recognise these valued contributions with our annual Civic Awards.

Nominations for the 2020 awards are now closed

Thank you to everyone who nominated for the Civic Award, we will get back to you soon. 


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.

Civic Award

  • Kim Cyril Blackmore for service to music and performing arts
  • Bill Cowen for services to sport
  • Christchurch Theatre Workshop SING Group for community service
  • Jenny Gillies for service to the creative arts
  • Keep Christchurch Beautiful Inc. for community service
  • Barry Andrew Scott for community service
  • Judi Smitheram for service to music and the arts
  • Anne Stercq for services to special education
  • Phil Tappenden for service to international relations
  • David Wilkinson for community service

View the full list of the 2019 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.