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Nominations Open For Civic Honours And Youth Excellence Scholarships – 25 July 2022

Monday, 25 July 2022, 6:43 pm
Press Release: Horowhenua District Council

Communities run on the power and goodwill of volunteers.
Without them, there would be no Saturday morning netball, no
ripper rugby, no props for our plays, no neighbourhood
support groups. It’s time to show our most outstanding
volunteers how valued they are.

We would like to
recognise exceptional volunteers who work to make a
difference in our district with our highest recognition for
voluntary service – a Civic Honours Award. Do you know
someone going the extra mile for a club or organisation in a
voluntary capacity? Maybe they’re an eco-warrior, an
outstanding sports coach, or a champion of a charitable
organisation. They could be someone quietly working in the
background for a cause which helps others. Nominations for
Civic Honours Awards are open now and we encourage all
community-spirited people to consider who they would like to

Nominations for the Horowhenua Youth
Excellence Scholarships are also open. These Scholarships
reward remarkable young people achieving big things.
Nominations for both these and our Civic Honours Awards are
open from Monday 25 July to midnight on Sunday 4 September
2022, and can be completed online.

Mayor Bernie Wanden
says, “The Civic Honours function is a highlight of
Council’s annual calendar. There are many hard-working
people in the Horowhenua selflessly dedicating their time to
community groups, clubs and organisations enhancing the
lives of others in our district. The Civic Honours Awards
and Youth Excellence Scholarships recognise and celebrate
those going above and beyond and having a positive influence
in our community. These people deserve to be recognised and
their mahi appreciated.”

First introduced in 1995,
the Civic Honours Awards have been presented to volunteers
across a range of community service categories at annual
award ceremonies. Volunteers of any age can be nominated for
the Civic Honours Awards across the following

· Community, cultural or religious

· Service to youth, recreation or

· Service to

Nominations can be made based on the
quality of their commitment, or by the length of their
service to the community. The service carried out by the
nominated person must not be in a professional capacity or
in the course of their paid employment. Unsuccessful
nominations from previous years can resubmit their
applications, and all nominations must be made by two
Horowhenua citizens or two executive officers of an

In 2004 we established the Horowhenua
Youth Excellence Scholarships to reward young people’s
efforts and contributions across four categories:

Community Services – for recognition of outstanding service
to the community

· Excellence in Sport

Excellence in Academia

· Excellence in Art and

Talented Horowhenua residents aged between 12
and 24 years old can be nominated for one of twelve $250
scholarships to help them advance in their area of
achievement. Nominations need to show a clear link to one of
the categories listed above, and be supported by a person
familiar with the young person’s success. Award winners
will be decided by a Community Funding and Recognition
Committee which includes five Councillors.

forms and full eligibility criteria for the Civic Honours
Awards and Youth Excellence Scholarships are available
online by visiting

copies of the nomination forms are available at Te
Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Shannon Library, Te Awahou
Nieuwe Stroom, or our Civic Building or by calling Customer
Services on 06 366 0999.

We look forward to receiving
a range of nominations for both Civic Honours and Youth
Excellence Scholarships. Nominations close on Sunday 4
September, and awards will be presented at an awards
ceremony in

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