Nominations are now open for this year’s Eelco Boswijk Civic Awards.

Do you know someone helping to make Nelson the special place that it is?  It could be a neighbour who quietly organises community events, or someone who is leading the way in the realm of climate change or protecting our natural environment. 

There are five awards to recognise individuals and groups who are helping us achieve our goals as a community, in line with our vision that Nelson is the Smart Little City: he tāone tōrire a Whakatū.

Mayor Rachel Reese says “These awards are about recognising our greatest heros and helpers and were inspired by famous Nelsonian Eelco Boswijk who made a huge contribution to our city in a great many ways.  Council is proud to honour his legacy through these awards.

“This year’s awards are a way to recognise and thank those people who are making a difference here and now in Nelson.”

The five award Categories are:

1 Community Hero
Encouraging those who both lead and take part in community activities to make Nelson an even better place. Community Heroes may be involved in business, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs or working with the disadvantaged.

2 Change maker
Recognising an individual who is taking an innovative approach to effecting change.

3 Leadership 
Recognising an individual in the business or education fields who has gone above and beyond to show leadership, provide opportunities for others and give back to the community, while educating and encouraging others to do the same. 

4 Kaitiakitanga
Raising awareness of those who are caring for our natural environment through volunteer efforts. This could be through nurturing biodiversity, protecting flora or fauna, improving our freshwater, reducing carbon emissions or any initiative that enhances our wonderful natural environment.

5 Smart Little City
Recognising those smart thinkers who create new possibilities through the clever use of resources, technology or collaboration to get us closer to being a Smart Little City: he tāone tōrire a Whakatū.

Nominations for the Civic Awards are open until Sunday, 28 April 2019.

You can nominate an individual or group online at or pop into our Customer Service Centre or your nearest library.