Community Service Awards are given to individuals and groups in recognition of significant voluntary service.

Nominations for the Community Service Awards open Friday 16 March and close Friday 13 April 2018.

Council's Community Service Awards are a way of giving well-deserved recognition to people who make our communities better places to live. They are a way of thanking and honouring volunteers who, without pay and with little recognition, demonstrate dedication and passion, inspiring others to make service a central part of their lives.

Whether it be for youth, older adults, education, culture, church, recreation, sport or community service fields, we want to make sure they are thanked and honoured for their dedication. We only find out about these people through you. If you know of someone who deserves recognition for their community service, nominate them for a Community Service Award.

Fill out the form to nominate someone for a Community Service Award.

Community Services Awards timeline

  • Friday 16 March – nominations open
  • Friday 13 April 5pm – nominations close
  • April/May – respective Community Boards consider nominations
  • May/June – nominees and nominators will be advised of decision
  • June/July – recipients receive awards at a ceremony hosted by their local Community Boards.

Community Boards participating in 2018

  • Banks Peninsula
  • Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton
  • Linwood-Central- Heathcote
  • Spreydon-Cashmere
  • Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood.

Community Service Award nominations are considered and decided by the respective Community Boards.

People will be eligible for Community Service Awards in the area in which they work, however, if the work is in a metropolitan organisation covering more than two board areas then the nomination shall be considered in the community board area where the nominee lives.

Non-participating Community Boards 2018

  • Coastal-Burwood
  • Papanui-Innes.

Youth Service Awards

Youth Service Awards are presented in recognition of significant voluntary service carried out by residents aged 25 or under, living in either the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton, Spreydon-Cashmere and Linwood-Central-Heathcote Board areas only.

This award is to recognise individual effort rather than that of a whole group or organisation.

How to nominate

Nominating someone you value within your organisation, club or society is easy.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Make sure you have two executive officers who are prepared to sign the nomination form. Both must be aware of the details of the nomination.
  2. Gather details on the scope of the nominee's service and length of time they have completed.
  3. Think about how the community has benefitted from their service.
  4. Collect supporting information like a letter of support or evidence of their service. Please try to include as much evidence to support your nomination as you can to assist the Community Board in their deliberations.
  5. Fill in a nomination form before 5pm on Friday 13 April 2018.


There are a number of ways to nominate someone for a Community Service Award: 

Once you have completed and signed your nomination form you can:

Community Support Officer
Shirley Service Centre, Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154.