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Where credit is due... Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks is urging people to submit nominations for the Gore District Community Awards. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Nominations for the 12th annual Gore District Community Awards have opened.

The awards recognise people who have made a difference in the community in fields ranging from the arts to the environment, and even those offering the best customer service.

This year’s awards gala function will be held at the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium on Friday, October 26.

Gore District Council events and promotions co-ordinator Emma Carle said everyone should be able to think of at least one person they could nominate for the awards, and she urged people to take a look at the revised criteria for each category.

people, young and old, who are passionate about what they do,” Ms Carle said.

“This is an opportunity to acknowledge them at a formal occasion for wider recognition from the community.”

Nominees for all categories, apart from the civic award, must live within the area covered by Gore and Districts Health Inc, which encompasses West Otago and Southern and Northern Southland as well as the Gore district.

The Gore district civic award is a special mayoral award and the nominees for it are not disclosed.

Nomination forms and the criteria for each category are available on the council’s website – www.goredc.govt.nz – or from the council’s main office in Gore.

Nominations close on Friday, September 7, at 5pm.

Award categories


  • Gore district civic award
  • Sport Southland community coach of the year
  • Eastern Southland junior sportsperson of the year
  • MLT services to sport award
  • Anderson Lloyd Contribution to arts and culture award
  • Gore Musical Theatre emerging performing artist award
  • JD Souness young achiever of the year
  • Soroptimist International of Gore woman of the year
  • The Ensign customer service award
  • Mainland Minerals environment award