Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards

Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards (APWs) are one way for the Council to honour members of the community who have made outstanding or lengthy contributions, usually in a voluntary capacity, to the Capital and its people. The awards are presented once a year.

Nominate someone

To nominate someone for an APW award please email Lily Kemble-Welch with the following information:

  • the full name of the person making the nomination
  • the nominee’s full name
  • the nominee’s email or phone number
  • the nominee’s address
  • the reason you think the nominee deserves an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award
  • any background information on the nominee that you can provide (this only needs to be a sentence or two).

Other awards

Other city awards that Council offer include:

  • Safety in the City Awards
  • Community Awards

2017 winners

The 12 recipients of this year’s awards were presented with their certificates by Mayor Justin Lester at an event at City Gallery Wellington on 8 June.

The 12 winners of the 2017 Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards.

Winners of the 2017 Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards

Laurie Foon, who for two decades ran the environmentally aware Starfish Clothing, and now champions Wellington as a Fair Trade City while co-chairing the Sustainable Business Network.

Esther Fung, who has devoted much of her adult life to assisting the Chinese community. She has been a stalwart member of the New Zealand Chinese Community’s Wellington branch and has been a key advocate in establishing a Chinese Garden in Wellington.

Adrienne Girling, who moved from Canada to Wellington in 2008 and has enjoyed the city so much she has stayed. She has made a huge contribution to the LGBTIQ community. She chairs Out Wellington and has overseen the recent growth in the Wellington Pride Festival.

June Jackson, who with her recently deceased husband Sam has spent decades furthering understanding of tikanga and te reo Māori. They were long-time protocol advisors for such organisations as the Government and Wellington City Council, work June has continued with her son, Peter.

Jeff Khan, who provides much of the backbone for Wellington’s Hindi Radio Programme. Jeff has been a broadcaster for three decades, first in his native Fiji, where he was known as “the Voice of the Nation”, and now in Wellington.

Geraldine Murphy, who has been a principal in the Inner City Association (recently renamed Inner-city Wellington) since it was formed in 2008, representing those who live in the CBD and the small businesses that operate there.

Don Neely, who has given so much to cricket as a player, administrator, coach and writer. Don, who led Wellington to Plunket Shield honours in 1966, was a national selector for 17 years, seven of them as the panel convener.

Ashley Peters, who since moving from the United States to Wellington has taken a leading role in promoting mountain biking, including forming three successful mountain biking organisations – Revolve, WORD and JoyRide.

Lucy Revill, who writes the increasingly popular blog The Residents and uses other social media platforms to tell the stories of interesting and successful Wellingtonians.

Father Barry Scannell, the parish priest of St Mary’s of the Angels. He made the decision after the major 2013 earthquakes that the church, a Wellington landmark, needed to be earthquake strengthened and spearheaded an ambitious $9.4 million project that was completed last Easter when the church re-opened, better than ever.

Alastair Smith, who in 1979 became the inaugural general secretary of the Bicycle Association of New Zealand and has set out to make Wellington a bikeable city, with the emphasis on both transport and recreation.

Paula Warren, who has thoroughly immersed herself in conservation causes. She is a prime mover behind the Growing Places Charitable Trust, and is also involved in such initiatives as Friends of Galapagos and Friends of Baring Head.

For more details of the awards, see Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award Citations (212KB PDF) | Text version (368KB RTF)