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.

Group photo of all 2018 recipients

2019 nominations

Nominations for 2019 are now closed.

2018 Christchurch Civic Awards recipients

Civic Award

  • Dr Maan Alkaisi for community service and public advocacy
  • Ken Clearwater for services to mental health and for male survivors of sexual abuse
  • Pat Duggan QSM JP and Paul O'Connor MBE for their community service to the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service
  • Coleen Dunlop for community service
  • Ruth Gardner for community service
  • Jillian Lord for services to social history
  • The Maurice White Native Forest Trust for service to conservation
  • Pauline Mohi for services to public health
  • Katherine Peet for services to education
  • Stephen Phillips for community service
  • Bob Shearing for community service

View the full list of the 2018 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.


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.