Award honours passion for local government
Former Southland District mayor Frana Cardno has been honoured by Local Government New Zealand.
Cardno was named the recipient of the Skills Organisation Outstanding Contribution to Local Government award.
Cardno said the award was a great honour.
"I have always been passionate about local government and grassroots democracy in New Zealand and I am proud to have played a role in its development, both at a local and a national level.
"It was a real honour and privilege being the mayor of Southland District and the support and friendship I received from the people of Southland have played a part in my commitment to the district."
Local Government NZ president Lawrence Yule said Cardno had an exceptionally strong commitment to her community.
"The Southland community and wider local government sector benefited hugely from Mrs Cardno's work and her legacy continues to be appreciated within her community."
Cardno was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government in the 2014 New Year Honours.
She was recognised for her community contribution many times during her mayoralty, including receiving the Jean Harris Award for the development and progress of women in society, the United Nations' Certificate as an outstanding woman in local government, and in 2001 was named a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.
The Southland Times