Civic Honours awards 2023

Published on 18 October 2023

Award recipients for 2023 Civic Honours.

Four women who have, between them volunteered in the community for over 120 years have received District’s highest award, our Civic Honour, in recognition of their outstanding service.  

The contributions by Hilary Gittos, Robin Lieffering, Elizabeth Shepherd (Auntie Bess) and Beryl Wilkinson have been diverse and generous.

From campaigning to protect the environment and heritage community buildings, feeding hundreds associated with the rugby club and providing support and guidance to its members young and old, defending and championing the cause of the older person and providing advice to those who advise others, they have influenced thousands of lives.  

Civic Honours Selection Committee Chair Jayne Golightly said the Civic Honour is the highest we can bestow on a resident.  

“It is a genuine reflection of the aroha the community has for these four who have shown a care for others that goes far beyond the capacity of most of us.   

“Hilary, Robin, Auntie Bess and Beryl have been nominated by people in their communities who have seen first-hand what they have achieved throughout their lifetime. Through tireless work, commitment and generosity of spirit, each of these nominees has made our District a better place.  

“Only four Civic Honours are made each year. In a District with around 100,000 people, receiving one of these awards is an outstanding achievement. I congratulate Hilary, Robin, Auntie Bess and Beryl, and warmly thank them for their service to our District.” 

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