Community Service Awards


Our Mayor Sandra Goudie presented recipients of the Community Service Awards for the Coromandel-Colville Community (pictured above) and Mercury Bay Community at their Board meetings in September 2022.

A huge congratulations to the unsung heroes who make our communities better places to live.


  • Peter Pritchard for six years of service to the Coromandel-Colville Community Board (CCCB) as Chair.
  • Jan Autumn for six years of service to the CCCB as Deputy Chair.
  • Meryl Johnston, for 40 years of dedicated voluntary service to the Coromandel-Colville community including the Colville Rural Women’s Association and Colville Fire Brigade.
  • Bob Hale – for 30+ years of service to the Coromandel Rugby Club as a dedicated coach, committee member and President. Bob was honoured with a haka by members of the Coromandel Rugby Club and the children of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Harataunga also performed a haka in honour of the occasion.

Mercury Bay:

Bill Stead for his long involvement in the Hahei Residents and Ratepayers Association and the Grange Road Water Association, and his contributions to key/objectives in Hahei, including:

  • 2014 Great Walks project
  • Parking at Catherdral Cove
  • Parking strategy for Hahei
  • Lees Road Sealing
  • Hahei walking village
  • Wastewater reticulation
  • Grange Road Water supply

Outgoing Community Board members:

  • Bill McLean - first elected in 2013, and again in 2016 and 2019 and was Deputy Chair of the Board for two terms.
  • Jeremy Lomas - elected to the Board in 2019. Jeremy is overseas and joined the meeting via video link. Deputy Mayor Murray McLean accepted the award on his behalf.

The week of 26 September, the Whangamatā, Thames and Tairua-Pāuanui Community Boards will host their ceremonies. 


Our Community Service Awards is a way of giving some well-deserved recognition to unsung heroes of our communities.

Throughout our district, many people work quietly away at making our communities better places to live, often with little recognition and no pay. These individuals make substantial efforts toward achieving the ambitions and goals of their community.

To be eligible for presentation of this Award, a nominee shall meet the following criteria:

  • A nominee must be a resident or ratepayer in the District at the time the services were rendered. 
  • The services for which the nominee is recommended must be related to activity within the Thames-Coromandel District, or activity directly benefiting the Thames-Coromandel District.  
  • Awards will not be made where nominees have been rewarded in some other form for their service by recognition, by presentation of some alternative honour, by organisational service award, or by payment of wages for services rendered. 
  • An Award may recognise outstanding long term service to a community organisation(s); or 
  • Any other activity or action which is considered worthy of award by the Community Board. 

Awards will be granted:

  • At a rate of up to two Community Service awards on a two yearly basis.
  • Awards ceremony to be held at a Council Meeting in October and also at the September Community Board meetings.
  • After consideration by the Community Board of each ward charged to investigate the circumstances of the nomination.

Front face community service medal

On the front of the medal is the emblem of the old Thames Borough Council coat of arms, resplendent with a mining head frame and poppet head. The back of the medal is a koru-shaped heart emblem, reflecting the colours of the Coromandel's deep blue seas and sandy shores and a link to communities being at the heart of the district. 

Back face community service medal

The back of the medal is a koru-shaped heart emblem, reflecting the colours of the Coromandel's deep blue seas and sandy shores and a link to communities being at the heart of the district.

will be handed out in the last council meeting of this triennium – October