Celebrating Palmy’s unsung heroes with 2023 Civic Honour Awards

Published on 10 October 2023

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The annual Civic Honour Awards, Palmerston North's most prestigious recognition of voluntary service, have been announced to honour outstanding individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to enrich our community.

These awards celebrate the contributions of individuals who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on our city.

Mayor Grant Smith expressed his heartfelt appreciation for these individuals.

"This year’s recipients exemplify the spirit of community service that makes Palmerston North such a special place to live. Their dedication and selflessness inspire us all to give back to our community. We are proud to honour their extraordinary contributions and look forward to celebrating their achievements at the awards ceremony later in the month."

2023 Civic Honour Award recipients

Steve Stannard: Sports

Steve is recognised for his unwavering commitment to cycling advocacy and events in our city. His voluntary services have significantly contributed to the success of events like the UCI International Gravel and Tar race and community cycling initiatives, enhancing the vibrancy of Palmerston North.

Stewart Harrex: Environment

Stewart has dedicated her efforts to environmental advocacy for over a decade. As a vital part of the Environment Network Manawatū Management Committee, including serving as Co-Chairperson, her passion and dedication have played a crucial role in making our city more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Roy Tankersley: Arts and Culture (Music)

Roy's contributions to the world of music, locally, regionally, and nationally, are nothing short of remarkable. His involvement with the Manawatū Organ Group, support for music education among children, and active roles in various cultural organisations highlight his commitment to nurturing the arts in Palmerston North.

Jillian Spicer: Community/Social Sector

Jillian's 41 years of volunteer work in Palmerston North, particularly in assisting refugees and organising the Red Cross Annual Book sale, are a testament to her enduring dedication to the community's well-being. Her tireless efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many.

Maryanne Mechen: Arts and Culture (Dance)

Maryanne's profound impact on the world of dance and performing arts is undeniable. Her leadership as President of the Palmerston North Dance Association and her active role as a board member of the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand (PACANZ) have greatly enriched the cultural landscape of our city.

“The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25 October where we’ll recognise and celebrate these incredible individuals who make Palmerston North a better place for all.”