2019 Gore District Community Awards

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The 2019 Gore District Community Awards were held at the Gore Town and Country Club on Friday 1 November. 

The aim of the Gore District Community Awards is to recognise outstanding contribution and achievements. The Awards honour the services of people who have gone above and beyond for their community, whether in a paid or voluntary role.

The 2019 winners were:

J D Souness Young Achiever Award: Joint winners: James Wards and Hamish Goatley

Soroptimist International of Gore Woman of the Year: Mairi Dickson

Gore Musical Theatre Emerging Performing Artist Award: Sev Alanquihan

Otago Daily Times / The Ensign Services to Sport: Mairi Dickson

Sport Southland Community Coach of the Year: Simone Thornett

Mataura Licensing Trust Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Paige McIvor

Anderson Lloyd Contribution to Arts and Culture: Joint winners: Debbie Smith and Janice Broad

Mainland Minerals Environment Award: Elsie Street and Longford Kindergartens

Civic Award: Maurice Broome



  • Nominees must reside in the Gore District Health Inc area OR be a member of a club/school/organisation in the Gore District. See Gore District Health Inc Map [PDF, 695 KB] 
  • Nominees may be in a paid or voluntary role 
  • The qualifying period for all awards is 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019. All nominations (except for Services to Sport) must focus on achievements within this period.​​​​​​​
  • Nominations may be made by organisations, clubs, coaches, or family/whanau. Self-nominations are also accepted 
  • The Judging Panel reserves the right to consider late nominations, and acknowledges the right of the Gore District Council to lodge pro forma nominations 
  • Decisions of the Judging Panel are final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times an award can be won by an individual or a group.


  • Nominees must consent to their personal details being included in the nomination form. The person nominating is responsible for obtaining the nominee’s consent.​​​​​​​  
  • By submitting this nomination, the person nominating is consenting to the Gore District Council using these details for the purpose of administering and promoting the awards.


MAINLAND MINERALS ENVIRONMENT AWARD Recognises and celebrates a positive contribution made to improving and / or protecting our environment  by a business, individual, school, family, or organisation. The context could be soil improvement, recycling, pest control or conservation, planting, or waterways protection.

MATAURA LICENSING TRUST JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON Recognises the achievements of a junior sportsperson who, by his/her performance, service and example, has performed to an elite level and is a role model to others. Open to any sportsperson aged 19 years and younger at any stage during the qualifying period.

ANDERSON LLOYD CONTRIBUTION TO ARTS AND CULTURE Recognises an individual or group that has made an exceptional contribution to the arts and/or culture of the Gore District. That may be in promoting the arts, encouraging participation, directing a group, organising an event, or providing others the opportunity to experience the arts.

SPORT SOUTHLAND COMMUNITY COACH Recognises outstanding contributions and achievements by a coach (age group/club/school/representative) at a local, regional, or national level, who is a positive role model and has expressed the ideals of true sportsmanship.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF GORE WOMAN OF THE YEAR Recognises the outstanding contribution made by a woman in our community. The contribution could have been in any field – e.g.  business, community affairs, education, health or politics.

JD SOUNESS YOUNG ACHIEVER Recognises a young person who has made a significant positive impact on the wider community and has the potential to make an impact on the broader New Zealand community.

OTAGO DAILY TIMES / THE ENSIGN SERVICES TO SPORT Recognises exceptional dedication to a sport. Demonstrated leadership has helped with the development and/or growth of the given sports, be it via administration at a local, regional or national level, or in an official’s role (e.g. umpire). Supporting evidence of longstanding contribution to sport administration may also be taken into account, at the discretion of the judging panel.  

GORE MUSICAL THEATRE EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST Recognises a young person who has made a significant and positive impact in the field of the performing arts. E.g. drama and / or music (performed in front of an audience). Open to any young person aged 15 to 21 during the qualifying period.


A Civic Award is presented by the Mayor at the end of the night to a worthy recipient.

Please contact the Council Events and Promotions Coordinator Emma Carle if you have any questions relating to the Awards; email ecarle@goredc.govt.nz or phone 03 209 0388.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz