New Plymouth District Citizens Award

Reference: P11-005  
Status: 5 July 2011

POLICY PURPOSE

New Plymouth District Citizens’ Awards recognise citizens for significant contributions to the district and/or its citizens. This policy sets out how the Council will provide, deliver and manage the New Plymouth District Citizens’ Awards.

POLICY STATEMENTS

The following statements apply to the provision, delivery and management of New Plymouth District Citizens’ Awards, which for the purposes of this policy shall be referred to as “Citizens’ Awards”:

Nominations are called for

1.  Nominations are called for on an annual basis.

2.  Nominations are called for on the understanding that they are confidential between the nominator/seconder and the Council.

3.  Nominations must be submitted on an official New Plymouth District Citizens’ Awards Nomination Form.

4.  Nominations received after the nomination closing date will not be considered.

5.  Nominations must be for named individuals and cannot be lodged for groups. 

Nominations are received

Nominee criteria

6.  Nominees must have made a significant contribution to the well-being of the district and/or its citizens:

a) Over a significant period of time; and/or
b) Through exceptional actions; and/or
c) By other means.

7.  Nominees must normally be resident in New Plymouth District.  However, if a nominee from outside the district boundaries meets one of the criteria, then they can be deemed eligible for receipt of an award at the discretion of the Council.

8. Current serving political figures, including District Councillors and Community Board Members, are ineligible for receipt of a Citizen’s Award.

Nominator criteria

9.  Nominations by immediate family members of the nominee will not be considered. 

10.  District Councillors and Community Board Members may make nominations for the Citizens’ Awards, with the restriction that no more than two recipients come from these nominations annually.

Nominations are considered

11.  No more than 12 awards are given in any one year.

12.  Unless there are exceptional circumstances, only one award will be given to members of any one organisation each year.

13.  If the nominee has received payment or other remuneration then the Council shall determine whether, in its view, the nominee’s contribution was sufficiently beyond the call of duty to warrant special recognition.

14.  Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a nominee that has previously received a Citizen’s Award will not be eligible for another Citizen’s Award.

Awards Ceremony is held

15.  The awards are presented to the recipients at a Citizens’ Awards Ceremony.

16.  A media release naming recipients is prepared and embargoed until the Citizens’ Awards Ceremony.

Following the Awards Ceremony

17.  The names of the recipients are published on the Citizens’ Awards honours board following the Citizens’ Awards Ceremony.

18.  If a recipient is subsequently found guilty of an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or more, that person will be notified immediately that their name will be removed from the Citizens’ Awards honours board without delay.

POLICY CONTACT

The policy holder is the Governance Team.

POLICY REVIEW

This policy shall be reviewed three yearly from the date the policy was adopted. 

NOTES

Policy reviewed and clause 3 amended and clause 5 added (5 July 2016).