Perennial protester Penny Bright - arrested 22 times, often at Auckland City Council meetings - has received a "Good Citizen" award from a council community board, The Aucklander reports.

The outgoing Eden Albert Community Board's chairman, Christopher Dempsey, says the controversial character is being honoured for focusing attention on water privatisation and pushing for transparency in council contracts.

Ms Bright has never enrolled at university and has no legal training, yet she has won 21 out of 22 court cases.

Auckland City Mayor John Banks, who has had Ms Bright bundled out of the council chambers several times, is not at all surprised by the award.

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