Zeal Education Trust, Supreme Winner of the 2014 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for Wellington City.
The awards, presented at a ceremony hosted by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown at the St James on Thursday 5 September, 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.
For 15 years Zeal Education Trust has operated an inner city Youth Venue and contributed to both the social and cultural infrastructure of Wellington.
Zeal understands the magnetic attraction of central Wellington to young people and is an established hub for young people in central Wellington.
Key activities include:
- After Schools programme connecting young people with their peers and quality adult role models (youth workers).
- Offering a safe, drug and alcohol free venue for young people to engage with the life of the city.
- Delivering 40 weekend music events through the active participation of young people in performing, production and promotion of these events. (3460 young people July 2012 -2013)
Partnering with expert volunteers, Zeal Development pathways provide industry standard training in Photography, Film Making, Event Management and Barista/Espresso making.
Other category winners, runners-up and commended, were:
Arts & Culture:
Winner: Creative Capital Arts Trust (New Zealand Fringe Festival)
Runner Up: Community Music Junction – Sing for your Life
Education & Child/Youth Development:
Winner: Zeal Education Trust
Runner Up: Literacy Aotearoa Wellington
Health & Wellbeing:
Winner: Sustainability Trust Curtain Bank
Runner Up: Refugee Family Reunification Trust
Highly Commended: Citizens Advice Bureau Wellington, Dress for Success Wellington, Tahi Health Fitness & Wellbeing,
Heritage & Environment:
Winner: Wellington SPCA (for Fever Hospital redevelopment)
Runner Up: The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust
Sport & Leisure:
Winner: Wellington Mountain Bike Club
Runner Up: Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Inc
Supreme Winner: Zeal Education Trust