Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has been awarded his home town's top accolade.
In a ceremony last night in Lower Hutt's town hall, Dr Bloomfield was gifted the Mayoral Citation.
Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry said Dr Bloomfield was chosen for the award because of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic alongside the wider health sector.
There are now 1180 people who have been confirmed with Covid-19 in New Zealand after two new cases yesterday.
There are now 18 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, all of who are in managed isolation or quarantine.