Civic awards recipients

The Porirua Civic Awards recognise Porirua citizens for their outstanding voluntary service to the community.


This year 16 residents received Civic Awards for their outstanding voluntary service to the community.

Elizabeth & Tere French

Tere & Elizabeth have lived in and contributed to the Cannons Creek community for decades. They are members of the Cannons Creek Residents’ Association and they are regular helpers at the Cannons Creek community clean-up days.

Paula MacEwan

Paula has been an active member of the Cannons Creek community for many years. She recently set up a Community Café outside her house as a place for residents to discuss local issues. Paula volunteers at the Awatea Community Garden, the local school, the Porirua Green Bike Trust and Neighbourhood Watch and she is Chairperson of Creeksiders.

John Lyde

John is a dedicated and reliable volunteer for the Mary Potter Hospice. He drives patients to and from Porirua’s Mary Potter Hospice’s Day Service, Te Whare Rānui, and lifts everyone’s spirits with his unfailing jovial and thoughtful manner. John is Mr Fix-it and uses his practical skills to service the occupational therapy equipment and many other odd jobs.

Rosemary Patterson

Rosemary founded a group of volunteers in 1991 to clean up and maintain the Pāuatahanui Burial Ground which is the oldest cemetery in Porirua City. She and her team planted heritage roses in keeping with the historic site. Rosemary has volunteered time and care for the maintenance of the grave sites and her work on the garden is now nationally recognised.

Kim Livingstone

Kim has spent many hours each week maintaining 20 pest traps catching rates, mice, and stoats around Bothamley Park. It is estimated more than 2400 pests have been removed enabling the native bush and birdlife flourish. Kim volunteers for Forest & Bird and the Friends of Maara Roa groups propagating and planting across Porirua and Wellington.

Rendall Conwell

Rendall volunteers at Te Rito Gardens helping to restore and preserve the Porirua’s natural environment. He began volunteering at n 2012 and has been a Board member and Treasurer since around 2014. Rendall has mentored young volunteers, maintained funding applications, and ensured accounts remained in good order. H

Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu

Pania led the charge and devoted thousands of hours to completing the renovation of Uenuku at Horouta Marae almost 10 years ago. With zero budget her vision, determination, positivity, and influence drove the success of the renovation that has benefitted the whole community during times of need over the years.

Ngahiwi Meroiti

Ngahiwi has been a dedicated, active leader of Kapi Mana Netball for more than 30 years and is passionate about netball in the Porirua community. She has coached hundreds of netballers at all levels, ages and ethnic backgrounds, working hard to raise the standard of netball on and off the court, and through skilled administration and organisation.

Jenny Taotua

Jenny has given 25 years’ service to support Pacific youth in Porirua. She is a founding member of the inaugural Porirua Youth Council (2000) and from 1998-2000 provided support and pastoral care for youth in need by running youth programmes in Cannons Creek with Porirua Elim Church.

Diane Strugnell

Diane has been involved in local organisations for more than 30 years, helping with Pāuatahanui projects to improve pedestrian safety through the village and providing vital local knowledge and experience when working with the Council and other agencies. S

Merika Brown

Merika volunteers at WELLfed in Cannons Creek and has helped people in need navigate through to various other groups in her community to achieve a better life for themselves and their whānau. After Merika joined Mana Wāhine, she has encouraged others to join and become a better version of themselves.

Ian Hallum

Ian has been at the heart of the Hauora Kai fruit & vegetable co-op for more than eight years. During that time, he has helped to lift the spirits of all other volunteers while packing and distributing the fruit and vege packs.

Heniaka & Michael August

Heniaka and Michal August have been Ngāti Toa Māori wardens, giving voluntary service for the safety and wellbeing of the community for many years. They regularly attended community events at marae, sports games, Waitangi Day, Anzac Day, kai drop-offs and much more.

Soulivone Phonevilay

Soulivone is a refugee who moved to New Zealand when she was seven years old. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the service of the refugee migrant community. She is a passionate advocate for young people not only in her Laos community but also, for Porirua youth in general.



This year 13 residents received Civic Awards for their outstanding voluntary service to the community.

Danica Anderson – for over 20 years taking pride and care for the local environment by keeping her street and surrounding area litter-free, and for clearing gutters and drains of debris.

Colin Blakeley – for giving 20 years to clearing, planting and maintaining a walkway between Matatiro Street and Tireti Road, in Titahi Bay.

Eddie Ellison – for his mahi providing financial guidance to help whanau into home ownership, managing and coaching sports teams and supporting local shcools and the community.

Maria Klinac – for her work fostering and fundraising for the care of kittens and desexing of cats to ensure the best care is given and to reduce the nubmers of unwanted litters.

Paul Latham – for his work setting up sensory sessions to allow parents of children with intellectual, behavioural and/or physical disabilities to connect and support one another while their children enjoy supervised play and enjoyment.

Aroha Marsh – for her mahi on the Porirua College and Porirua East Boards of Trustees, and as President of Kapi Mana Netball Centre.

Roena McCarthy – for her many years of dedication and mahi upholding the mana of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, supporting the Māori Women’s Welfare League, Takapūwāhia Marae, leading church choirs and providing Sunday School classes for rangatahi.

Sue McMillan – for organising pyjama packs for children, menstrual care packs for young women, and elderly care gifts at Christmas to 50 elderly people.

Karanga Metekingi – for her long years of advocacy, participation and support to the Māori Women’s Welfare League, Takapūwāhia Marae, Te Roopu Awhina and church leadership benefitting tamariki, rangatahi and wāhine.

Gary Mitchell – for his work with Keep Porirua Beautiful, as an Honorary Fisheries Officer and Sustainable Coastlines.

Fiona Perenara – for her work during the Covid response. Fiona hs been a long-time committee member of Titahi Bay RSA, supporter of local rugby and helped the elderly and kaumatua during the Covid pandemic.

Simon Strombom – for dedicating hundreds of hours restoring military graves and supporting young people through the Titahi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and the City of Porirua Cadet Unit.

Carolyn Williams – for her work during the Covid response through her involvement with the Plimmerton Residents’ Association.


Civic Awards 2019

This year seven residents received Civic Awards for their outstanding voluntary service to the community:

Judi Doornbos - for her extensive volunteer work over decades to a range of community groups, including the Paremata Residents' Association, Paremata Kindergarten, Paremata Boating Club, and her the Transmission Motorway Action Council.

John Hannan - for his decades of volunteer work as a support officer for the Returned Services Association caring for the needs of ex-servicemen and women, plus RSA projects such as the recent revamp of the Peace Memorial at Te Rauparaha Park.

Chrissy Leggott - for her tireless efforts in the community who need assistance with her Chrissy's All For Free donated goods charity.

Dr John McKoy - for his years of commitment to the work of the Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust, Guardians of the Pauatahanui Inlet, Friends of Mana Island, Te Awarua-o Porirua  Whaitua Committee and the Friends of Taupo Swamp to help improve the health of our inlet and harbour and associated ecosystems.

Geoff Mowday - for his seven years of volunteer work as Chairman of the Whitby Residents' Association and success driving a wide range of local projects and activities in the community.

Kim Murray – for her years of volunteer work for Bellyful Porirua, Mary Potter Hospice, Wesley Fruit & Vege Co-op and WELLfed.

Tony Shaw – for more than a decade of volunteer work as a member of Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet since 2005, and as Chairman since 2014, in support of the inlet’s ecological, historical and cultural values.

Other years

Annabel Malaulau
Ngāhana Hartley
Cheryl Brown
Jeff Chapman
Craig Utting
Dr Elizabeth Sneyd

Liz Harley 
Graham Kelly 
Esther McKendrick 
Le'autuli'ilagi Taotua M.F.Sauvao 

Porirua50 Awards took the place of Civic Awards for 2015.

Mary Casey
Ted Gallen
Pat McCalman
Judy McKoy

Rihia Kenny
Professor John Wells
Dave Wilson
Christine Stanley

Poppy Daymond
Ann Mills
Juliet Bellingham
June and Neil Penman

Robert Brace
Tony Jackman
Moana Tuariki
Helen Chipper

Sandra Andrews
Te Huri Arthur

John Watson
Jay Marson
Margaret Armour
Tom Daniels

Fuimaono Epirosa Setefono
Kahuwaero Katene
Adalina (Freda) Tohill

Pip Piper
Russell Morrison
Tiketi Auega

Mrs Elizabeth Lee-Lo-Smith
Dr Margaret Lockhart Bailey
Mrs Lynne Renouf
Lemoli Wally Ranfurly

James Harland
Barbara Bundy

Bob Cater
Minnie Kuiti
Cynthia Petersen
John Leighton

Vivien Morton
Avalon Mikaere-Williams
John Garner
Narendra Sahay

Dr Margaret Guthrie
Dennis Ormsby
Utanga Wineera
Rev Sylvia Jenkins
Fa’alelei Te’o

Ivy Stuart
Dr Allan Nichols
Janet Margaret Berry
Jan Nixon
Selwyn Tattersall
Helen Smith
Alison Wong
Lindsay Forbes
Robert Batten
Tui McLauchlan

Michael Graham
Taukiri Wahine Thomason
John Wilce
Veronica Allum
Ivan Hardgrave

George McNeillage
Antony England
Janet Gibbons
Kath Cherrie

Alfred Potaka
Margaret Joyce Henderson
Margaret Campbell Johnson

Beryl Brown
Eric Fowke
Thelma Margaret Stevens
Murray Woodley

Margaret Hughes
Angus Langbein
Helen Mary Painter

Lorraine Jean Williams
Sarah Renata Smith
Alfred Edward Mexted
Kathleen Mabel Mexted

Eileen Adams
John (Jack) Collins
Don Smith
Nui Sila Taupe

Ken Arthur
Gordon Lee
Zelda Clarke
Jean Stratford
Jack Underhill