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 2018 are now open

Nominations for the 2018 Community Awards are now open, and can be made online on the Community Awards website.


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

We're excited to announce we will be adding the inaugural Accessibility awards to the nominations this year. These awards will 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, the categories, and how to make nominations in the accessibility section of our website.

2017 categories and award recipients

Arts and Culture

Educational and Child / Youth Development

Health and Well-being

Heritage and Environment

Sport and Leisure

Rising Star Award

Supreme winner

Polhill Protectors

The Polhill Protectors are a group of local volunteers dedicated to creating harmony between people, pets, and wildlife in Polhill Reserve. They work with volunteer trappers and have a focus on bush restoration, which has resulted in the endangered saddleback bird successfully breeding again in the Polhill Reserve.


More information

Contact Mark Farrar.

 Phone  04 803 8525