Nick Tansley and ‘Duke of Wellington’ to be awarded Absolutely Positive Wellingtonians

6 May 2014

Two of the Capital’s most entertaining and interesting citizens will be recognised as Absolutely Positive Wellingtonians this week.

They are entertainer Nick Tansley, and Tony Catford ‘The Duke of Wellington’.

Nick Tansley and Tony Catford will each receive an Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian Award from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown at the full Council meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 7 May 9.30am at Wellington City Council’s Committee Room 1. Please note, this full council meeting is being held in the morning, instead of the normal evening time.

Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian Awards honour members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to the Capital.

Nick is part of the fabric of our creative capital, performing music throughout the region and country since the early 1980s and has also been a part of New Zealand’s broadcasting history, spending over 20 years on the radio through ZM and More FM, and on television on shows such as It’s In the Bag and TVNZ’s Good Morning Show. One of the most important contributions Nick has made to the city is Nick’s leadership of “Carols by Candlelight”.

Tony Catford, also known as The Duke of Wellington, has been adding flair to the city since Sir Michael Fowler’s time as Mayor. Tony has held the position of “Duke of Wellington” for more than 30 years, often boldly attired in red, black and of course a fair amount of gold braid, bringing his own unique style to many of Wellington’s events throughout the years.

The presentation of the Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian Award will take place at the beginning of the full Council meeting, due to begin at 9.30am, Wednesday 7 May at Council’s Committee Room 1, 101 Wakefield Street.

Photographs will be available for media, as well as copies of the citation which will be read for Nick and Tony.