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.
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
Celebrating an initiative that improves the accessibility of places, services or information in Wellington
- Runner up – Mornington Golf Club
- Winner – Arts Access Aotearoa
- Bruce Roberts (Te Papa)
- Parafed Wellington Youth Group
- Compass Health (Primary Health Organisation)
- CQ Hotel
- The Access Aware App
- Wellington Circa Theatre
- Georgia Latitte (Circa Theatre)
Celebrating a local leader or champion who has made a significant contribution to improving accessibility in Wellington.
- Runner up –Thomas Bryan (Blind Foundation)
- Runner up – Newtown Community Centre
- Winner – Everybody Cool Lives Here
- Parafed Wellington
- Catriona McBean
- Raewyn Hailes
Innovation in design in accessibility
Celebrating innovative design that improves accessibility in Wellington.
- Runner up – Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity
- Winner – The Wellington Museum
Celebrating customer service that has gone the extra mile to eliminate barriers to participation.
- Runner up – Parafed Wellington
- Winner – Desman Tekira (Air New Zealand- at Wellington Airport)
Arts and culture
Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities.
- Runner up – Out Wellington
- Winner – The Performance Arcade
- Barbarian Productions
- BATS Theatre Volunteer Ushers
- Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ)
- GAG Drag Collective
- New Zealand Cricket Museum
- New Zealand Improv Festival
- Project Fashion Wellington
- Sri Lanka Association of New Zealand
- Sri Lankan Dance Academy Inc.
- Vogelmorn Community Group
- Wellington Batucada
- Wellington City Chorus
Educational and child/youth development
Improvement or enhancement of the educational and social development of children or youth.
- Runner up – Ignite Consultants
- Winner – Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
- New Zealand Myanmar Ethnics Council
- Sexual Abuse Prevention Network
- Te Mahuri Charitable Trust
- The Wellington International Pride Parade
- VietKidsNZ - Preserving Vietnamese Language and Culture
- Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM
- Wellington Youth Choir
Health and well-being
Enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community.
- Runner Up – Crafty Volunteers of New Zealand
- Winner – Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen
- Birthright Wellington
- Churton Park Community Walkers
- Drug-ARM Wellington Inc
- Father&Child Trust Wellington
- Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre
- Life In Motion
- Quick Kai
- Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley
- Skylight Trust
- SPCA National Rescue Unit
- SYLO Choir
- Tawa Residents Association
- Whanau Ora Fitness Community
Heritage and enviroment
Improvement or revitalising of the environment, culture or heritage.
- Runner up – Vinnies- RESEW
- Winner – Ghost Fishing
- Karori Association Inc
- Predator Free Brooklyn
- Predator Free Mt Cook, Newtown and Berhampore
- The Wrights Hill Fortress Restoration Society (Inc.)
- Wellington Severe Weather Reports
Sport and leisure
Increase participation and enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits.
- Runner up – Special Olympics Wellington
- Winner – Coastguard Wellington
- Capital GymSports
- Hikoikoi Waka ama Club
- Richter City Roller Derby
- South Wellington Seido Karate
- Wellington Athletics Officials
- Wellington Regional Volleyball Association
Rising star award
Chosen to recognise and encourage new or smaller groups doing great things in our community.
- Runner Up – Te Mahuri Charitable Trust
- Winner – Rising star – Quick Kai
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.
Contact Mark Farrar.