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The Christchurch City Council presents annual awards to recognise substantial service, usually of a voluntary nature benefiting the City of Christchurch and its people.

Katherine Peet was given an award for services to education.

Here is the citation: “For forty years she has been a tireless advocate for social justice, bringing to bear her very considerable educational, analytical and administrative skills to a wide range of agencies in the non governmental organisation, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors.

“She has been a member of the Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association since 1977, and has served as Canterbury President, National President, and Special Representative at UNESCO conferences. She is the driving force behind the organisation in matters of both governance and day-to-day administration.

“She is an organiser and workshop leader with Network Waitangi Otautahi, and is Tangata Tiriti co-chair of One Voice Te Reo Kotahi. She has been an active member of Adult and Community Education Aotearoa since 1977, and of the Council of Social Services [now the Social Equity and Well-being Network].

“She has spearheaded many more causes and groups as diverse as the Women Against Violence Centre, the Christmas Without Commercials Campaign and the Addington Railway Workshops Male Voice Choir.

“She has committed over four decades to the enrichment of the lives of the citizens of Christchurch through the provision of a wide range of educational opportunities and experiences. Hers has been a life spent fighting for social justice, empowerment of the powerless, and positive social change.”

Warmest congratulations, Katherine.