Civic Awards

The annual Civic Awards are the city's highest recognition for voluntary service, honouring those who give up their time to ensure community groups and organisations tick.

Awards recipients have all made extraordinary contributions to the city. We honour them for their service to Palmerston North and its people.

Nominations open for 2022 awards

Palmy is enhanced by people doing more than their share of community service. Know someone who deserves to be honoured this year? Nominate them by Monday 15 August.

Civic Awards nomination form and guidelines(PDF, 808KB)

The awards have two criteria:

  • The service carried out by the nominated person must not be a professional service or a service they undertake in the course of their paid employment.
  • Volunteers of any age can be nominated, and citizens can be nominated for the quality of their commitment, or the length of their service to a sector or community.

You are welcome to re-submit nominations that have been unsuccessful in previous years.

2021's 5 award recipients, physically distanced in Te Marae o Hine, The Square.

Since the awards were introduced in 1988, 151 people have received this honour.

Palmy's 2021 Civic Award recipients are pictured. They are:

John Fowke

Professor Emeritus Margaret Tennant

Dr Hanif Quazi

Susan McConachy

Bal Ghimire