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Citizen civic award recipients

In recognition of being nominated for a Citizen's Civic Award for community service in the Gisborne district.

2018 civic award recipients

Raymond Stevenson

With St John’s since he was 11 years of age.
Began as a cadet which led to becoming an attendant, a driver, the brigade manager, a committee member, a First Aid instructor and a fundraiser.  He's currently a member of the area committee and is responsible for maintaining the station.

Audrey Pratt

Has volunteered with many organisations for more than 25 years which include the Ilminster Breakfast Club, Plunket, the Maori Women’s  Welfare League, and Grey Power where she was president for 6 years. 
For the past 5 years she has and continues to be a member of the RSA Committee.

Bill Harding

A practising accountant, provides voluntary accounting advice to many trusts and community groups.
Service to the community includes Sea Scouts, 30 years with Rotary and 25 years with Jaycees which included the initiation and management of the Gisborne International Music Competition, an event he continues to assist.  Bill is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

Graham Faulkner

Has served on many community organisations over the years including Muriwai School Committee, Muriwai Dog Trials, Gisborne Boys High School Board, Gisborne Developments, Cook Hospital Board and the Tairawhiti Area Health Board as chair for many years. 
Is a member of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, a friend of Eastwoodhill, a long time member of Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Leslie McGreevy

Was a member of Jaycees International for many years, sat on several health boards, was a councillor, initiated the Girl Guides O Waiapu building in Valley Road and fundraised for local projects including the Olympic Pool.
Is a long time member of Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow and he continues to support organisations such as Red Cross, Life Education, Eastwood Hill and Women’s Refuge.

Gregory Shelton

Continues to make a huge commitment and contribution to his community and outlying districts.
For 30 years he has been actively involved in Anzac Day Services as well as long time commitments with Civil Defence, Reynolds Hall Committee, the Kaiaua Beach Races, Uawa Radio FM, Uawa Lions Club and has been with Uawa Surf Club since its inception.

Taina Atkins

Known to many as Dinah, has been involved in horse sporting and dog trials for many years.
Has continued to give sterling service to horse sporting events for over 50 years.
Last year she participated in the Kaiaua Beach race competition, where at the age of 83, she was officially named as the oldest participant.

Jamie Simpson

His voluntary service has included Ormond School Board, Eastern Region NZ Fire Service, East Coast Brigades Association and rugby coach to Ngatapa Nippers.

A life member with 36 years service with the Te Karaka Volunteer Fire Brigade where he has been Chief Fire Officer for 17 years.  He is also a member of the Te Karaka Volunteer Ambulance Committee, Tu Ake Te Karaka Community Group, Rangatira Scout Hall Committee, and Gisborne Speedway Club.

Kelly Simpson

Has volunteered with Hospice for many years and continues to provide valuable service to this organization.

Voluntary service has also included Gisborne Competitions Society where she was the musical convener, Centre Stage, Gisborne Ballet Committee and Musical Theatre.

Is involved with the Christmas Parade every year and she is currently the Gisborne Speedway Club secretary.

Toni Grout

NZ’s highest achieving women’s barbershop competitor having won 11 national championships in her 30 years with Sweet Adelines International.

Coached barbershop, led Gisborne school choirs for over 20 years, represented NZ at international contests in America and was awarded the Spirit of Sweet Adelines for  service and commitment.

Directs the Gisborne Acappella chorus savvy who entertain at fund raising events, retirement villages and rest homes.

Ka Pai Kaiti

A voluntary group established in 2000, support and nurture the residents of Kaiti and wider areas.  Their projects include Community Gardens, Whanau in the Park, Waitangi Day, Suicide Awareness and Food/Clothing/Furniture Banks.

They partner with other suburban and coastal groups to hold workshops, and education sessions for residents. Ka Pai Kaiti has and continues to work very hard advocating a safer, healthier environment for all. 

2016 recipients

Civic Awards  
Cherie Anne Knight Evan Parkin
Christine Parkin Angela Hill
Elizabeth Clark Norman Maclean
Pru Clayden Duncan Chisholm
Ralph Walker  


2015 recipients

Civic Awards  
Catherine Macdonald Gavin Maclean
Helen Swan Mary Bayley
Karangawai Kururangi Frederick Smith
Prue Roberts Arish Naresh
Alison Ross Maureen Potroz
Norma Hooks  
Merit Awards  
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui Philip Paniani                

Brian Cochrane  

2014 recipients

Civic Awards                                                   
Jean Weke   Betty Thompson                    
Chris Sharp Whaiora Enoka
Judy Livingston Neville Clarke
Raunikau Stainton Christopher Hudson
Mereheni Waitoa Tui Takarangi