We love to celebrate our community – especially those individuals that work hard to make our community a great place. Every year the Masterton District Council runs the Civic and Youth Awards. Nominations are open all year round and we celebrate our award recipients with a great event held around February or March each year. To be considered for an award in the November committee meeting, applications need to be received in October, otherwise the nomination will be considered the following year.
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to make the Masterton district even more mighty? We’ve got a range of award categories to recognise different types of contributions to our community.
To nominate your community champ you can download a form to complete at home or you can use the online form that will be submitted directly to us. Check the related resources sidebar for your preferred method. If you are completing your application online you will need to have digital copies of your letters of support.
Hard copy forms can also be collected from and returned to:
- Masterton District Council, 161 Queen Street
- Masterton District Library, 54 Queen Street.
The Masterton District Council’s Civic Award acknowledges outstanding voluntary service to the Masterton District and its people.
Who is and isn’t eligible for a Civic Award?
Anyone who has already received a Royal or New Zealand honour shall, only in special circumstances, be eligible for a Civic Award. The selection panel may give a Civic Award to a person who lives outside the district in special circumstances, as long as the voluntary service has been wholly or predominantly done for the benefit of the Masterton District and its community.
What kind of service merits a Civic Award?
Masterton District Council’s Civic Awards recognise deserving voluntary service. The person’s or group’s service should have overall been of a voluntary nature; however, the payment of an honorarium or such similar monetary recompense to an office holder doesn’t necessarily disqualify the person from receiving an Award.
Arts and Culture: Enhancing and increasing participation in arts, including music and creative leisure activities.
Community: A person that has achieved outstanding results.
Education: Improving and enhancing the development of young people and children.
Heritage and Environment: Improving or revitalising the environment, culture and heritage.
Health and Wellbeing: Providing services that enhance the wellbeing of people.
Sport and Leisure: Enhancing and increasing participation in physical sport, leisure and activity and recreational pursuits.
Note: This award is for those involved in ‘running’ the sport/leisure activity, e.g. coaching administration, etc as opposed to those who participate in these activities.
Community Champion Award: A special achievement award celebrating an individual or individuals for their outstanding contribution and dedication to Masterton over their lifetime. This person will have gone above and beyond, over many years, demonstrating a long-term voluntary commitment to Masterton and the wider community. In special circumstances, the selection panel may make a lifetime award to a person who lives outside the district boundaries, providing the deserving voluntary service concerned has been wholly or predominantly carried out for the benefit of the Masterton District and its people.
The Masterton Youth Awards acknowledge outstanding contributions by young people living in the Masterton District. If you know someone who goes above and beyond for our community, nominate them today!
Who is eligible for a Youth Award?
- Any person who has already received a Royal or New Zealand honour shall, only in special circumstances, be eligible for a Youth Award.
- In special circumstances, the selection panel may make a Youth Award to a person who lives outside the district boundaries providing the person’s achievement relates to the Masterton District.
- Youth Awards will be awarded to those between 12 to 24 years of age.