Absolutely Positively Wellington Student Awards

Absolutely Positively Wellington (APW) Student Awards celebrate secondary-school students’ contributions to their communities.

Every year Wellington schools nominate a year 10–12 student (or students) who has contributed to their school and wider community through an outstanding action or ongoing commitment.

The awards aren’t confined to students who have achieved academic or sporting success. Rather, they recognise the time and energy an individual puts in to making Wellington a great place to live and learn.

Recipients are presented with a book voucher and signed certificate at their school’s end-of-year prizegiving.


Former mayor Celia Wade-Brown launched the awards in 2014 to highlight the hard work students put into their communities, on top of the commitments to school, family, sports teams and the many other groups they may belong to.

2023 winners

In 2023 the Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Students Awards 2023 recognised 19 recipients.

Past recipients

Earlier recipients have been recognised for their work including collecting and redistributing warm clothing for a decile 1 school, volunteering at soup kitchens, retirement villages and organisations like St Johns Ambulance or taking on leadership roles among their peers.

View previous recipients at archives online