Zeal Education Trust Wins Supreme Community Award

8 September 2014

Zeal Education Trust, which for fifteen years has built on the magnetic attraction of central Wellington for young people and established a popular hub for them, has won the Supreme Winner of the 2014 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for Wellington City.

Zeal Education Trust, Supreme Winner of the 2014 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for Wellington City.

Zeal Education Trust, Supreme Winner of the 2014 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for Wellington City.

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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