About the awards
Civic Honours Awards
Civic Honours Awards (Civic Awards) are given to individuals that have carried out outstanding and innovative voluntary service. The awards have the following categories:
- Community service
- Cultural affairs
- Educational service
- Youth activities.
Youth Services Awards
The Youth Services Award is a Civic Honour Award for young people aged 15-25 who have carried out outstanding voluntary service.
The emphasis should be on how actively involved the young person has been in their community.
Who can be nominated?
The service given should bring distinction and quality to Lower Hutt residents.
The awards recognise voluntary community service. If someone has been paid for their service, or they have given professional services, we can't consider a nomination for them.
People living outside of the city boundaries can (in special circumstances) be nominated, as long as all or most of their voluntary service was carried out in Lower Hutt.
Someone who has already received a Royal Honour will only be eligible for a Civic Honour in special circumstances.
Can a deceased person be nominated for an Honour?
No. Civic Award nominees must be able to indicate their acceptance of the award. If the nominee dies after the award has been made but before it is announced, the honour will be announced with a notation to that effect. The appropriate award certificate and medal will be issued to the next of kin.
Who should make the nomination?
Any two people or two officers of any organisation, association, society or club can make a nomination.
Nominations made on behalf of an organisation must be approved and signed off by an executive member eg. board member, chairperson, chief executive, trustee.
Hutt City Council officers are not permitted to nominate people for the Civic Honours Awards
You don't need to get consent from the person being nominated before submitting a nomination. If the nomination is successful, the person nominated will be contacted to ask whether he or she wishes to accept the award. We recommend not contacting the nominee.
How many awards are presented?
Civic Honours Award
The number of honours available is not restricted, but in recent years the number awarded has ranged between 3 and 5. It is rare for all people nominated to receive a Civic Award.
Youth Services Award
Up to one Youth Services Award can be presented each calendar year. Depending on the nominations received, Council may choose not to present an award.
Who decides who should receive an award?
The Civic Honours Committee is made up of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Hutt City Councillors and community representatives selected by Council.
Make a nomination
Complete the nomination form making sure you follow the instructions in each section. It is important that you provide as much information as possible about your nominee, and try to explain what their actual contribution in an area has been, instead of listing jobs or posts held.
We want to hear about the contributions, achievements and special qualities of this person that have inspired you to nominate them for this award.
To ensure your nominee receives the consideration they deserve please include a cross section of support letters and as much relevant information as possible.
The following should not be submitted as part of your nomination:
- original documents
- books or films
- audio recordings
- testimonials or references that do not relate to the nomination.
Once you've made a nomination
We'll let you know that we've received your nomination. We are not able to discuss the merits of a particular nomination or its progress while it is under consideration. The decisions of the Civic Honours Committee are final and binding. Correspondence will not be entered into.
Will I be told if my nomination was successful?
Yes. Nominators will receive a letter advising whether the nomination was successful.
What happens if my nomination was unsuccessful?
If a nomination is unsuccessful, you may submit the nomination in the following or future years.
Unsuccessful nominations or details of the people who nominated them will not be made public.
Contact Krisna Crowley Nepia firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 570 6666.