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2003 Civic Awards presented next Tuesday


Thursday 4 December 2003

2003 Civic Awards presented next Tuesday

Civic Awards will be presented to 25 community minded individuals and organisations by Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore next Tuesday 9 December.

"These awards recognise people from a wide cross section of the community, who are working to make our city a better place to live," Christchurch City Council International Relations co-ordinator, Dave Adamson said.

"This year's recipients cover everything from fostering hundreds of children to making and distributing thousands of Christmas cards, from being involved in mountain safety to working with refugees. In other words, a typically mixed and varied range of activity, which typifies what the Christchurch Civic Awards are all about," he said.

Civic Awards are presented annually by the Council in recognition of voluntary service that benefits the city of Christchurch and its people. This service can be in a number of areas including recreation; youth activities; social welfare; educational services; cultural, religious and community affairs.

Nominations were called for in August and referred to the Community Board in whose area, the "good works" had been done. Recommendations on the nominations were then made by the Boards to Council.

Next Tuesday, Mr Moore will present each of the Award recipients with a framed certificate and boxed medallion.

Media Invitation

The media is invited to the Awards function at 6pm on Tuesday 9 December in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices.

A list of 2003 Civic Awards recipients follows

PLEASE NOTE: The award for Margaret Eileen Nolan has already been presented.

2003 Civic Award Recipients


- Edward Bone

Reason: 1989-2001: Chair of Shirley Intermediate School Board of Trustees. 2000 to present: Inaugural President and Foundation Trustee of Shirley District Music School Trust. 1977 - 1980: President of the Peninsula and Plains Orienteering Club.

- Ian Alwyn Jenkins

Reason: 1965 - present: Active member of the Linwood Rugby League Football Club, holding various positions within the Club's Executive Committee and Board of Directors. 1982 - 1999: Board member of the Canterbury Rugby Football League Board of Control, including 10 years as Chairman.

- Margaret Eileen Nolan

Reason: Citizens Advice Bureau 1990 - 2003; President 2002-03. Home and Family Society volunteer, 1995 - 2003. Age Concern Canterbury 1992 - 2003. Christchurch Community House 1989 - 2003. Community Law Centre 1996 - 2003. Christchurch Public Hospital 1990 - 1995.


- James Henry Christensen

Reason: 1937-1939: Volunteer for Sumner Life Boat Rescue Service. 1960-1970s St Johns First Aid Instructor, with a total of 50 years voluntary commitment to the Order of St Johns. 1974 became a Justice of the Peace and has presided on the Christchurch District Court benches for 15 years. 1982-2002: Marriage celebrant

- Beverley Ann Peters

Reason: 1973-2001: Fostered over 1,000 children through her home, and many in conjunction with CYPS, CCS Care and Protection Unit, Mothers and Babies, and Paediatrics (Christchurch Hospital), often fostering up to six children at a time.

- Waimairi Lions Club

Reason: 1978-present: Development and on-going implementation of "Operation Santa', involving 3,000 children from 43 schools making Christmas cards for 5,500 people in 38 Retirement Homes, 6 Hospitals and 4 Psychiatric Institutions.


- The East Enders Work Party

Reason: 1983-Present: A group of 40 people who collectively contribute 2000 volunteer hours annually to track creation, maintenance, planting and weed control on the Port Hills.

- Renzi Hanham

Reason: 1962-Present: Senior instructor in Judo and Karate in Christchurch since 1962. Head Instructor at Seido Karate club for over 30 years. Has devoted his life to teaching Siedo Karate to students from many walks of life. Established the Seido Karate Club through thousands of voluntary hours of work. Internationally recognised instructor who has mentored many national and international Champions.

- John and Jenny Hoskin

Reason: 1980-Present: Inaugural members of the Charleston Neighbourhood Association. John has been Chairman since inception. 1990-Present: Establishment and membership of the Friends of the Edmonds Factory Gardens. John continues to hold the post of inaugural President and Jennifer is presently Secretary. Both commit many volunteer hours to the gardens. 1996-Present: Both John and Jennifer have been Christchurch City Council Honorary Wardens.

- Francis Noel Smith

Reason: 1939-Present: Voluntary service in Christchurch naval and community organisations: 1939/1944: Canterbury Division, Royal Navel Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) (New Zealand Division). 1946/1983: As a member of the Optimists Club involved in fundraising for YMCA, Red Cross Christmas Dinner and planning of "Carols by Candlelight". 1985-Present: Executive Member and Life Member of RNVR Veterans Association. 1997-Present: Established charitable trust for ex-naval men and women and their dependants and youth organisations such as Sea Cadets.

- Gloria Valerie Weeks

Reason: 1997-Present: Voluntary commitment to ensuring the welfare of Disabled People through executive positions in a number of organisations including Disabled Persons Assembly (Christchurch and Districts), Association of Blind Citizens of NZ (Canterbury Branch) Human Rights Commission Network Group, Royal Foundation for the Blind, and Canterbury District Health Board Disability Support Services Advisory Committee, Younger Stroke Foundation. Active vestry member, Synod representative and Healing Minister of St Chads - Linwood.


- Grant and Marilyn Nelson

Reason: 1995-Present: Active members of the North West Kiwana's Club, participating in all community activities undertaken by the club. Particularly supportive of the Southern Centre for Multi-sensory Room at QEII and have arranged funding for special equipment.

Have developed and placed into Trust for perpetuity "Omahu', a piece of Native Bush on the Port Hills which they have maintained for the enjoyment of Christchurch residents. Presently funding the installation of predator fencing around Riccarton Bush.

- Douglas Gooday

Reason: 1985-Present: Involved in New Zealand Mountain Safety Council as an instructor of Bush and Survival courses and outdoor skills courses. 1939-Present: Active in the Scouting movement having held positions as Group Scout Leader and District Leader.

- Lorraine Shannon

Reason: Mid 1990's-Present: Voluntary commitment to the Nurses' Memorial Chapel at Christchurch Hospital, including President of the Chapel, during which time she researched and commissioned the development of the stained glass window honouring nurses who served in the war. Organiser of the 75th and centenary celebrations of nurses' registration in New Zealand. 1978-1988: Board member and then Chairperson of the Cholmondeley Children's Home. 1965-1994: Volunteer for the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind.

- Terry Leadbeater

Reason: 1991-Present: Treasurer Cracroft Community Centre and Membership Secretary for 5 years. 1994-Present: Treasurer of the Whareora House of Life Trust. 1991-Present: Writer of the St Martins-Opawa Men's Probus Club Newsletter. Also held the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer for the Club. Held many other voluntary roles in Charity and Church organisations.


- Trevor and Hilda Bougen

Reason: 1979-Present: Leadership of concert parties offering music, comedy, sing-a-longs at retirement homes and senior citizen clubs on a weekly basis. 1970-1980: Street collectors for Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind. 1988-Present: Voluntary support to the Cancer Society.

Also organisers of two neighbourhood Support Groups.

- Jewel Oliver

Reason: 1977-2001: Committed member, secretary, artist and volunteer at the Centre of Contemporary Art (COCA) and the Canterbury Society of Arts (CSA). 1977-2001: Trustee and minute secretary for CSA. 1987-1991: Vice-President of CSA. Since retirement from the Society in 2001, she has continued her voluntary commitment to COCA.

- Pauline Woodward

Reason: 1980-Present: Voluntary leader, advisor and supporter of Step Ahead. 1994-2002, Chair of the Step Ahead Trust Board. Member of the Trust Board for many years prior to that. Worked tirelessly to ensure the rights of the mentally ill are upheld and also improve the quality of life for those suffering mental illness.


- Peter J Haughey

Reason: 1982-1986 and 1990-1992: Canterbury Branch Chairman of Cystic Fibrosis. 1986-1990: National President of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand. 1992-2001: establishment and inaugural president of the Cystic Fibrosis Charitable Trust Canterbury. Responsible for the purchase of the Hamner Springs Holiday Home for CF families. Involved in public awareness, fund raising and assisting families of cystic fibrosis sufferers.

- Margaret Johnston

Reason: 1986-Present: Founding member and team leader of the Cathedral Square Police Kiosk. 1994-Present: Patrol and Committee member of the Papanui Community Watch. 1995-Present: Leader of logistics and Fire Support Teams and a deliverer of meals on wheels for New Zealand Red Cross. 1996-Present: Crime Prevention Camera Operator. Team leader since 2002.

- Ross Lawn

Reason: Over 62 years of volunteer community work through church associations, including 23 years involvement in the North Canterbury Joint Regional Committee, serving 20 years as executive level. 33 years to date as a Rotarian, during which time he held Club President, Treasurer and Director positions.

- Bill & Rita Noordanus

Reason: For over ten years provided voluntary commitment to the welfare and rehabilitation of refugees. Assisted through advocacy, pastoral care, English teaching, mediation services and taxation and legal assistance. Have also secured furnishings for houses, hosted social events to assist with integration and assisted in finding employment.

- Brian Palmer

Reason: 1986-Present: Cathedral Square Police Kiosk Saturday night shift volunteer. Team Leader since 1987. 1994-Present: Founder of Papanui Community Watch, carrying out executive roles - Committee member for 2 years, President for 5 years, and Vice President for 3 years. Trainer for 9 years. 1996-Present: Crime Prevention Camera Operator on a fortnightly basis. 1998-1999: Bishopdale Community Police office volunteer.

- Ted Pearce

Reason: 1998-Present: President of Canterbury Triathlon Club and Member of Triathlon New Zealand Youth Commission. National Selector for age group and elite teams. 2001-Present: Organiser of Weet-Bix Kiwi Kids Tryathlon and local triathlons, duathlons, running and cycling event and actively involved in the promotion of the sport locally and nationally, and mentoring young people in the sport. Responsible for production of traffic management plans for all the events he has organised.

- William Risk

Reason: 1950-1958: District Cub Leader of the Clutha District. 1970-1993: Chairman of Avon District Scout Group, achieving the highest membership of all New Zealand Scout Clubs. District Chairman of Scouting in Canterbury serving on the Finance and Awards Committee and as regional representative for Canterbury on the National Executive. Developed training programmes for lay supporters of the scouting movement and actively developed and promoted the Rover and Kea scout groups in Canterbury.

Served monthly as a weekend volunteer at the City Mission for 23 years and volunteered in the Drug and Rehabilitation Centre on a weekly basis.

Tutor in Adult Reading, and spent two 2 year terms as Chairperson of the local Adult Reading Association and has also been South Island Representative on the National Executive. He played a major part in blending the Maori and Pakeha sections of Adult Reading into one organisation.

An active member of the Anglican Church. President of the Shirley Men's Probus Club.

- Timothy Stonhill

Reason: 1996-1998: Member Canterbury Tourism Council, including role of Chair of Convention Marketing Group. 1996-2002: Past Chair and member of Major Accommodation Providers 1999-Present: Local chair and national Vice-Chairman of Variety Club New Zealand. 2001-Present: Justice of the Peace. 2001-Present: CDHB. Member of the Hospital Advisory Committee. 2002-Present: Committee Member, New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club. 2002-Present: Board Member - Christchurch Event Marketing.

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