Not too late to nominate someone for a NPDC Citizens’ Award

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There is still time to nominate a local legend that goes that extra mile to make life better for others for this year’s NPDC Citizens’ Awards.


Nominations close on 12 July for the annual awards, which recognise up to 12 local legends across a range of fields with previous recipients including those representing environmental causes, volunteer and charitable groups, rescue services, the arts and health.


New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says the awards are about celebrating the people who help make our place special.


“It’s always really humbling to meet the people who go above and beyond for our District and these awards are just one of the ways we can all say thank you for everything they do. If you know an everyday hero, someone who works tirelessly behind the scenes, or goes the extra mile to help out, no matter how big or small, let’s recognise them with an NPDC Local Legend Award,” says Mayor Holdom.


One of last year’s recipients, Conductive Education Taranaki founder Craig Nielsen is encouraging people to nominate.


“Get amongst it. This this is a fabulous opportunity to recognise the drivers behind a healthy, connected community. Get nominating!”


This year’s ‘Local Legends’ will be named and presented with their awards at a ceremony in New Plymouth later this year.


Find more and make a nomination using the online form on the council’s website Citizens' Awards ( or by email to  or in writing by dropping off at or picking up a form from reception at NPDC Civic Centre in Liardet Street, New Plymouth.  Nominations close 12 July.


Fast Facts

  • The NPDC Citizens’ Awards have been running annually since 1979.
  • Each year up to 12 residents are awarded from nominations received by locals.
  • Winners are presented with their awards at a ceremony in New Plymouth.
  • All New Zealand citizens are eligible for nomination.


Photo caption: 2022 Local Legend recipient and Conductive Education Taranaki founder, Craig Nielsen.