Awards for Inspiring Wellingtonians

24 June 2014

We would like to congratulate our Inspire Award winners who were honoured at this year’s Wellington Gold Awards, held last week at TSB Bank Arena.

Doctor Swee Tan, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Jeff Kennedy and Bridget Dunn.

(From left) Dr Swee Tan, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Jeff Kennedy and Bridget Dunn

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Plastic surgeon Dr Swee Tan, who won the Inspire Wellington Ambassador Award, has worked for many years to set up the Gilles McIndoe Research Institute at Hutt Hospital. The institute specialises in the causes of disfiguring and life-threatening birthmarks and cancer, and tissue engineering.

Dr Tan is an elected member of 13 professional and scientific societies and was past President of the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society. He and his team have received numerous prizes for their work.

The winners of the Inspire Wellington Award are Jeff Kennedy and Bridget Dunn – founders of the highly-successful Caffe L’Affare, which they’ve now sold. Their latest business venture is Prefab, described by Jeff as a café-community space that’s not all about money.

“It’s more of a nuclear thing, where people can walk through, get something to eat, have a glass of water, use the free wi-fi and not necessarily buy anything.”

Both awards are sponsored by the Council. The Gold Awards recognise enterprise and excellence in Wellington business.