Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure Award


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Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure Award


Extraordinary, inspiring and significant in cultural endeavour over a lifetime, and wherever possible sharing these with the community, including inspiring future generations.


This award was established in 2012 by Marlborough Museum in partnership with Marlborough District Council and The Marlborough Express.

The Award is made to recipients who have demonstrated a lifetime of excellence in cultural endeavour, and are a source of community inspiration.

The selection panel includes two Community Representatives. These representatives are joined by the Mayor of Marlborough, or their representative, Executive Director of the Marlborough Heritage Trust, Steve Austin, and a representative of the Marlborough Heritage Trust, who combine to form the five members of the selection panel..


Living Cultural Treasures are persons who possess, to a very high degree, the knowledge and skills required for performing or re‐creating specific elements of living cultural heritage. Living Cultural Treasures enrich the community with skills and knowledge in an extraordinary and significant way over a lifetime.

Living cultural heritage consists of practices and expressions, as well as the knowledge, skills and values associated therewith, that communities and groups recognise as part of their cultural heritage.

Recognition and reward for appointees

The principal reward for a Living Cultural Treasure is public recognition. To ensure this, the honours are conferred at a formal ceremony presided over by the Chair of the Marlborough Heritage Trust.

The Award will be linked with a programme of activities both expressing and celebrating the cultural heritage for which a Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure has been appointed. An example would be Museum exhibitions and events.

Nominations from the community

These are called for in September 2018 and will be received by the end of 8 October 2018.

Nomination forms will be available at the Marlborough Express Office, Marlborough Museum and Marlborough District Council.

We recognise that in any given year the names of many worthy people in our community are forwarded for careful consideration. This year we continue to welcome all nominations.

The Award will be presented in November 2018.

Nominate a person

Name the person you wish to nominate and provide as much information as you can about the person.

Either email to or deliver nominations to Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure Award Selection Committee, 26 Arthur Baker Place, Blenheim 7201 before 8 October 2018

Recipients of the Marlborough Living Treasure Award


Margaret Bond


Fran Maguire

Clem Mellish


Triska Blumenfield


J S Parker, painter


Joy Cowley, author

Duncan Whiting, producer-director


Peg Moorhouse, weaver, inaugural recipient