Civic Awards

​​Outstanding things are achieved every day in Hamilton, thanks in part to the invaluable work of many dedicated members of our community. Each year the Hamilton Civic Awards aim to recognise those exceptional people in our midst.​

2018 Civic Awards

The Civic Awards were presented at a special ceremony in the Council Chamber on Friday 14 December 2018.


Back row left to right: Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher, Don Oliver, Fred Phillips, Laurie Pilling, Brian King, 
Neil Tolan, Rangimahora Reedy.

Front row left to right: Maria Lowe, Yvonne Phillips, Margaret Comer, Mayor Andrew King, Sylvie Burr, 
Dale Lethbridge, Tiffiney Perry.

Photographer: Mark Walen

2018 CIVIC AWARD RECIPIENTS
  • Sylvie Burr – Services to the community
  • Margaret Comer – Services to business and the community
  • Brian King – Services to the community
  • Dale Lethbridge – Services to the arts and the environment
  • Maria Lowe – Services to the community
  • Don Oliver – Services to the community
  • Tiffiney Perry – Services to sport and the community
  • Fred Phillips – Services to sport and the community
  • Yvonne Phillips - Services to sport and the community
  • Laurie Pilling – Services to business and the community
  • Rangimahora Reedy – Services to the community
  • Neil Tolan – Services to the community

Click here to view citations outlining the recipients’ contributions.

Further information can be found through the City Honours Policy. Click Here​  

Previous civic award winners

Freedom Holder of the City

The civic award of Freedom Holder of the City is the highest civic honour. Freedom holders are rare awards given to people who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the city.

Our current Freedom Holders of the City are:

  • Karen Morrison-Hume         (2018)​
  • David Braithwaite                 (2018)
  • Russ Rimmington                  (2018)
  • Gordon Chesterman             ​(2016)
  • Kiingi Tuheitia ​                       (2016)
  • David Sidwell                         (2014)
  • Pippa Mahood                      (2013)
  • Sir William Gallagher           (2008)
  • John Gallagher                      (2008)
  • Ted Armstrong                      (2005)
  • Dame Malvina Major           (2001)​
  • Margaret Evans                     (1998)
  •  Lady Rhyl Jansen                 ​ (1989)

City Ambassador

An external individual or group may be appointed to represent the interests of the city at a national or international level.

Hamilton Medal

The Hamilton Medal honours the significant achievement of individuals who have been very successful in their chosen field and who have made an outstanding contribution to the city as a whole. Only the Mayor can put forward a nomination for this award, and only one medal​ can be awarded each year.

​​​​Past Freedom Holders of the City

  • Campbell Smith                                (2014)
  • Brian Perry                                        (2005)
  • Bob Eyeington                                  (1993)​
  • Mike Minogue                                  (1991)
  • Dr Anthony Rogers                          (1991)
  • Sir Ross Jansen                                 (1989)
  • Dr Dennis Rogers                             (1985)
  • Dr Don Llewellyn                             (1985)
  • Dame Te Atairangikaahu                (1973)
  • Harold Caro                                      (1956)
  • Hilda Ross                                         (1948)
  • Warwick Braithwaite                      (1947) 

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