Community & Environment

Inspiring Hamiltonians recognised with Civic Awards

A pillar of environmental and conservation movements, a passionate disabled-community advocate and a devoted guardian of victims of domestic violence are among the 12 recipients of the first round of 2019 Hamilton Civic Awards next week.

The Civic Awards recognise substantial service of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment benefiting the city of Hamilton and its people.

The recipients were selected by a panel consisting of Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher and Councillors Mark Bunting, Ryan Hamilton, Paula Southgate and Leo Tooman. The selections were ratified by the Council at the Extraordinary Meeting on 1 August 2019.

Hamilton City Council Chief Executive Richard Briggs says: “The Civic Awards celebrate contributions to the city that serve as an inspiration to others and create a sense of pride amongst Hamiltonians.”

“I am looking forward to seeing the awards being presented to these outstanding individuals and I offer my personal gratitude for the thousands of hours of service they have dedicated to their respective causes.”

The Civic Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Monday 12 August from 1.30pm in the Reception Lounge of the Civic Building in Garden Place.


  • Lindsay Cumberpatch – service to community development
  • Veronica Garcia Gil – service to the community
  • Shalini Guleria – service to education
  • Katherine Hay – service to the environment
  • Pirihira (Pat) Kaio – service to the community and environment
  • Ngaire Kelly – service to women’s refuge
  • John McIntosh – service to the disability sector
  • Guillaume Muzombo – service to the refugee community (posthumous award)
  • Dhirendra Naresh – service to the community
  • Janne Nottage – service to the disability sector and community groups
  • Maureen Speedy – service to the community and wellbeing
  • Rouruina Toa – service to the community
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