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Community Service Award nominations now open

26 February 2016

Every two years we hold our Community Service Awards, which recognise people in our District who work quietly away at making our communities better places to live, often with little recognition and no pay.

At considerable personal expense and sacrifice, these individuals make substantial efforts toward achieving the ambitions and goals of their community.

Their commitment, generosity and dedication are unquestionable and the Thames-Coromandel District Council’s Community Service Awards are a way of giving some well-deserved recognition to these unsung heroes of our communities.

Nominations are now being called for the 2016 Awards. 

2016 Community Service Award Nominations critera

  • A nominee must be resident in the District at the time services were rendered.
  • The services for which the nominee is recommended must be related to activity within the Distirct, or directly benefitting the District.
  • Awards won't be made where nominess have been rewarded in some form or other for their service, recognition, by presentation of some alternative honour, by organisational service award, or by payment of wages for services rendered.
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously.
  • An award may recognise outstanding long-term service to a community organisation or any other activity or action which is considered worthy of award by our Council.

Awards will be granted:

  • At a rate of up to three Community Service awards on a two-yearly basis.
  • Awards ceremony will be held at a Council meeting in June.
  • After presentation of a nomination by at least two nominees.
  • After consideration by a special committee of Council charged to investigate the circumstances of the nomination.
  • After a formal resolution of Council to make the award in accordance with the recommendations of the special committee.

Community Service Award Timeline

  • Friday 4 March - Nominations open.
  • Friday 15 April - Nominations close.
  • 22 April 2016 - Special Committee considers nominations.
  • 18 May 2016 - Council considers recommendations and confirms awards.
  • 29 June 2016 - Recipients receive awards.

2014 Community Service Award Recipients

Graeme Wood


Graeme Wood was recognised for his involvement with the Thames Community Patrol, which he helped found a decade ago.

He actively patrols Thames at least three times a month at night and works closely with the police, who often call on him to serve as a nominated person for juvenile interviews, where he acts as an advocate for the suspected offender.

Mr Wood is also a Victim Support Counsellor, which means he is called out by Police when there are victims of crime, accidents or sudden death. This work has seen him working days and nights dealing with traumatic events in which he has to help support another person's grief or misfortune.

Graeme was nominated for the award by the Thames Community Patrol and Victim Support.

Jane "Nan" Poutu


Sadly Mrs Poutu passed away in June 2014 so this award was being presented posthumously. Mrs Poutu's family received the award on her behalf, which acknowledged 47 years of volunteer work with many different agencies including Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, Stepping Out Hauraki, Hauraki Health Link and People Relying On People.

She also worked with Child Abuse Prevention (CAPS) Hauraki on its Right 2B Safe campaign, which she fronted with the poster "Nannies can teach mokopuna what's not ok and encourage them to talk."

Mrs Poutu was a true asset to the community and is remembered for her work with whanau and the unconditional love she showed to everyone she met, whether it was supporting people through the grief process when losing a loved one or her work in palliative care.

Mrs Poutu was nominated by Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel whanau and supported by CAPS Hauraki.

Steve Hart


Steve Hart is one of the founding members of the Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue organisation and has played a critical role in the development of a highly effective search and rescue team.

Steve has been actively involved as a searcher, search manager and held the Chairman's position for 10 years. In this work he's made significant contributions to the Coromandel community and the welfare and lives of many individuals and their families.

He is also an honorary Fisheries Officer and a supporter of Mercury Bay Forest & Bird.

Mr Hart was nominated by Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue.

If you have any questions please contact us.