NZLA Citation of Merit


The NZLA Citation of Merit is the highest award offered by NZLA, and exists to acknowledge and honour those members who provide outstanding service to the Association. The Citation of Merit is the most prestigious national award conferred by NZLA.


  • To identify and acknowledge members who have provided outstanding service to NZLA.
  • To ensure that the prestigious nature of the citation is valued by implementing procedures which facilitate consistent standards.
  • To publicly acknowledge the value of the members and the citation by presenting the award at an NZLA conference and publishing citation detail in Literacy Forum New Zealand, and on the website


  • The secretary will seek nominations and ensure that local councils are aware of these guidelines.
  • Nominees will be individual NZLA members and will have demonstrated outstanding service in each of the following areas:
    – Local council
    – NZLA
    – National or international involvement in literacy promotion
  • Local councils should forward detailed supporting information, including the full name of the nominee(s) to the President of NZLA prior to annual meeting in June. The nominating council will maintain confidentiality until the executive decision is announced.
  • The executive will consider nominations.
  • The executive is not obliged to award citations.
  • Delegates will be informed of decisions in confidence at the next Annual Meeting.
  • The president will inform the successful nominee(s) of the intention to present the citation as part of the opening of the next NZLA conference. This should be in sufficient time for the person or people to accept and be prepared to reply.
  • The secretary will prepare the citation and arrange for it to be signed and dated by the president before it is framed.
  • A copy of the citation, and a photograph of the recipient/presentation if available will be published in Literacy Forum New Zealand.
  • The name(s) of the recipient(s), photograph, Council and citation will be included in the history of NZLA document on the NZLA Website.

Some possible indicators – not a definitive list:

Local Council

  • Outstanding service as a member for at least ten years
  • Member of the executive or organising committee
  • Speaker at local meetings
  • Organiser for local meetings
  • Participant in local council general or special activities


  • Delegate from local council
  • Representing NZLA on committees, special tasks, meetings
  • Participant at national conferences
  • Organiser of NZLA activities or events
  • National and International Involvement in Literacy Promotion
  • Participation in national and/or international projects, research, activities
  • High national and/or international profile in own field
  • Publication of related papers
  • Presentation at international conferences
  • Enjoys high regard of colleagues

Reviewed June 2018