Kaibosh Wins Supreme Community Award

11 September 2012

Kaibosh Food Rescue, first organisation of its kind in New Zealand, won the Supreme Winner of the 2012 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards last night.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with supreme award winners, Kaibosh Food Rescue

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with supreme award winners, Kaibosh Food Rescue

The awards, presented at a ceremony hosted by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown in the Council Chamber, acknowledge the inspirational contribution of voluntary and non-profit organisations to Wellington. The awards are sponsored by Wellington International Airport in partnership with the Wellington Community Trust.

Kaibosh Food Rescue is the link between food retailers and other producers with surplus food, and the agencies that support people in need. In the past year they have redistributed 32,000 kilograms of surplus perishable food to a wide range of agencies.

Kaibosh collects food from local food retailers that while good to eat, is no longer suitable for sale, and distributes it to local community groups. This is done daily, so Kaibosh can deal with food not traditionally found in a food bank like fresh fruit and vegetables and bread.

Mayor Wade-Brown said the event celebrates Wellington's vibrant volunteer sector.

"These community awards are a big thank you to the volunteer and community sector," she says.

"These people make the effort for community wellbeing and their efforts deserve recognition. All the nominated groups are worthwhile and choosing the winners was hard. Their ideas will inspire future contributions.

"Kaibosh is brilliant - rescuing food that is unnecessarily destined for the landfill and giving people in need a change from packaged food - making it a social and environmental success story."

Steve Sanderson, Chief Executive of Wellington Airport, says the hard work put in by these dedicated groups plays an invaluable role in the community.

"Congratulations to Kaibosh Food Rescue and the work they do with volunteers in our community, filling a much-needed gap with a great innovative solution to provide a vital service for Wellington. We want to make sure that they are recognised and celebrated for their dedication and hard work."

Other category winners were:

  • Pablos Art Studios Inc - Arts and Culture category
  • Wellington SPCA for the Humane Education Programme - Education Child / Youth Development category
  • Kaibosh Food Rescue - Health and Wellbeing category
  • Wellington Marine Conservation Charitable Trust - Heritage and Environment category
  • Special Olympics Wellington - Sport and Leisure category.

Each category winner received $500 and the chance to go through to the regional finals next month, when they will compete against category winners selected by other councils. The Wellington awards attracted around 60 nominations from a wide range of local groups.

Nominees include:

Arts and Culture category

Artrium Gallery

Wellington Boys and Girls Institute - Can Control Project

Pablos Art Studios Inc (winner)

Society for Southeast Asian Communities Inc

Wellington Youth Orchestras Inc

Heritage and Environment category

Brooklyn Food Group

Nga hau e wha o Papararangi Society Incorporated

Project Jonah New Zealand

Wellington Hospitals and Health Foundation

Wellington Marine Conservation Charitable Trust (winner)

Health and Wellbeing category

Chinese Senior Community Inc (CSC)

Inner City Project

Kaibosh Food Rescue  (winner)

Mafutaga Tagata Matutua PIPC Newtown

Mary Potter Hospice

Miramar Tracks Group (highly commended)

Pablos Art Studios Inc  (winner)

Schools Out

Supergrans - Wellington

Sustainability Trust

Victim Support Wellington

Well Heart Manawa Ora

Wellington Council of Social Services

Wellington Gay Welfare Group for Schools Out (highly commended)

Wellington Land Search and Rescue Trust

Wellington Multiple Birth Club

Wellington Rape Crisis Inc

Wellington Time Bank (highly commended)


Education and Child Youth Development

ACTIVE - IDEA Services

Balvikas Gopal FunSkool

Challenge for Change - Wellington Boys and Girls Institute (highly commended)

Dress for Success

English Language Partners Wellington

ESYT Eastern Southern Youth Trust

JustSpeak, youth component of Robson Hanan Trust

Karori Youth Centre

Schools Out

Swimming New Zealand

Wellington Somali Council

Wellington SPCA - Humane Education (winner)

Wellington Sri Lanka School

Women's Section to the Johnsonville RSA

Zeal Education Trust (Zeal Youth Centre)

Sport and Leisure category

Capital GymSports

Mountain Safety Wellington - (highly commended)

North Wellington Junior Football Club Inc

Parafed Wellington

Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club Mountian Bike Cub Committee

Special Olympics Wellington (winner)

Wellington Athletics Officers Association

Wellington Floorball Club Inc (highly commended)

Wellington Flyfishers Club

Wellington Windsurfing Association