The first woman supervisor at a Hawke's Bay freezing works was among the winners of this year's Napier Pilot City Trust Awards.
Dorothy Waitoa worked in management at the freezing works, was part of a Maori Women's Welfare League and created reading and writing programmes.
Napier Pilot City Trust trustee Minnie Ratima said Ms Waitoa was an outstanding woman who went "over and above" and deserved to be recognised.
"She would always do more than what was required and worked extremely hard."
This year's awards also included the late Roger Aranui, nominated for his dedication and commitment to the Maraenui Rugby and Sports Association.
Ms Ratima said he had been an inspiration to the young, getting them off the couch and on to the sports field, whether it be softball or rugby.
He had helped children go overseas for sport and he had coached and played at the club for many years.
"It was wonderful to see Desley Aranui accept the award on his behalf as he was a deserving man," Ms Ratima said.
Nine others received the award with three youngsters in the mix.
Fifteen-year-old Guy Harrison, who was born with cerebral palsy, was nominated by CCS Disability Action, for his effort in sports.
He competed in a variety of sporting events, winning trophies in cross-country and athletics.
Ms Ratima described Guy as a "humble boy".
Teens Tiana and Stephanie Swannell were also recognised, for giving up their time to help the homeless.
"I do not know many young girls who would get home from school and help their parents feed the homeless - it was really amazing to see," Ms Ratima said.
Brian Collins, Marcia Crawford and Joanna Radley were all recognised for their dedication to voluntary work.
Mr Collins was described as an "unsung hero" who had provided services for families in his own time and at no cost.
"He was like a little kid seeing his first certificate - it was really cool to be able to recognise him and his efforts," Ms Ratima said.
Mrs Crawford and Ms Radley did a lot of voluntary work at Maraenui Marae. Mrs Crawford has been the caretaker for many years while Ms Radley helped set up Pukemokimoki Marae.
Both were described as dedicated and passionate women.
Marama Mohawk and Patricia Coyle joined the award winners and were recognised for their work with youth.
Ms Mohawk spent her time running the youth group at the City Rock Church while Ms Coyle coached waka ama and hip hop.
The founder of the awards, Pat Magill, said they were "very lucky" to have all of the winners in the one room.
"They were all amazing people who sometimes go unnoticed so it was wonderful to be able to recognise their achievements," Mr Magill said.