Fifty residents responsible for ‘‘ building’’ Porirua will be presented with special awards later this year.
Porirua City Council’s Te Komiti resolved on April 8 to recognise a group of living residents as part of the 50th anniversary of the city.
A community awards and recognition subcommittee was created, with Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, former mayor Jenny Brash, Ngati Toa kaumatua Taku Parai and councillors ’Ana Coffey, Litea Ah Hoi and John Burke as members.
Te Komiti chairman Euon Murrell pointed out that some of the committee might be eligible for the 50th awards themselves, but Leggett said he was confident the members unprejudiced decisions.
‘‘It’s a chance to celebrate and recognise those people who have built this city in the last 50 years,’’ he said.
Nominations will be encouraged from the public for worthy recipients from sectors including the arts, sports, education, business, environment, heritage and community work.
Selections will be made over three rounds of nominations, from May until October. Winners will receive a medal or pin which has the Porirua coat of arms on it, a certificate and native plant from the council’s nursery.
The cost will come from existing council budgets.