New Year's Honours and Community Honours Awards

Tau Hou hari - Happy New Year! What will make Ashburton a wonderful place to live, work, and play in 2019? Perhaps the answer is as simple as having more people around like Don Kirdy.

Don is Ashburton’s very own Queen’s service medal recipient, a New Year’s honour for his work and dedication to the Tinwald Cycling Club. His work of over more than 40 years with the club have made such an impact on so many, and certainly has contributed to what makes the Ashburton community special.

Two other Ashburtonians who have migrated to other parts of the country but have also received New Year Honours, are Ruth Putze and George Bryant.

Ruth, originally from Methven, received a New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration for services to the New Zealand Defence Force.

George, who went to school at Ashburton Borough School and Ashburton High School and now living in Tauranga, received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to publishing and the community.

I am so pleased to see that Ashburton has the ability to produce such outstanding individuals within our community. And to encourage more of this, I’d like to once again call for nominations for the Community Honours Awards beginning Wednesday 16 January.

The Ashburton Community Honours Awards acknowledges contributions to the district and serves as an inspiration to others.

There are four category of awards a person can be nominated to. The Mayor’s Award for Public Service is the highest civic honour bestowed by the Council. Mayor’s Awards are rare awards given to people who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the district. The Award recognises the recipients as stewards of the district and as people of special note.

The Ashburton Medal honours the significant achievement of individuals or teams who have been very successful in their chosen field and who have made an outstanding contribution to the district as a whole, or outstanding national or international achievements. Only one Ashburton Medal may be awarded each year.

Civic Awards are awarded in recognition of substantial service, usually of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment, benefiting Ashburton District and its people. The nominees will have generally carried out predominantly voluntary work but payment for services will not necessarily disqualify receiving an award.

Finally, the Honorary citizenship is an extraordinary honour granted to individuals who have given great service to Ashburton.

I encourage you to think about the special people in your life, in and around you that have made Ashburton that great place to live, work, and play, and consider nominating them for one of these awards. I look forward in reading each and every submission.

Additional details can be found on the Council’s website (

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