Community Awards

These awards are designed to recognise volunteer groups making valuable contributions to their communities.

They are supported by the Wellington Airport, in partnership with Wellington Community Trust, Wellington City Council and the four other local councils.

The awards reward the valuable contribution made by volunteers. You may nominate any not-for-profit group or organisation working in the interests of the community, including one of which you are a member.  

The Awards are designed to recognise past achievements and do not exclude community groups who use professionals to support the delivery of services undertaken by volunteers.

Nominations for the 2019 Community Awards will be open in April/May 2019.


The awards have five categories:

  • Arts & Culture - Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities
  • Education & Child/Youth Development - Improvement or enhancement of the educational and social development of children / youth
  • Health & Wellbeing - Enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community
  • Heritage & Environment - Improvement or revitalising of the environment, culture or heritage
  • Sport & Leisure - Increase participation and enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits

Rising Star award

The Rising Star award is designed to recognise and encourage emerging and grass-roots groups doing great things in our community. To qualify, the groups or projects need to have been in operation for less than two years, be 100% volunteer run, be new to our Community Awards, and not part of a national organisation.

Accessibility awards

In 2018 we had our inaugural Accessibility awards. These awards acknowledge the contribution of volunteers and organisations involved in making the Capital a more accessible and user-friendly environment for the whole community. You can find out more about these awards and the categories in the accessibility section of our website.

2018 accessibility and community categories and award recipients

Accessibility awards

Accessible initiative

Accessible champion

Innovation in design in accessibility

Customer service

Community Awards

Arts and culture

Educational and child/youth development

Health and well-being

Heritage and enviroment

Sport and leisure

Rising star award

Supreme winner

Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen

Compassion Soup Kitchen were honoured as Supreme Winner for their commitment to helping vulnerable people. The Kitchen, which has been operating in Wellington since 1899 and is based in Haining Street, provides breakfast and dinner to those in need. They provide access to computers, gardening, fishing and other purposeful activities that help create connection to the community.


More information

Contact Mark Farrar.

 Phone  04 803 8525