Nomination call for 2015 Safety in the City Awards

31 July 2015

Do you know a safety hero who deserves a Safety in the City award? Nominations have opened for the awards and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown wants the Wellington public to nominate the stand-out safety heroes in their neighbourhood.

“The awards recognise people from all walks of life who have exhibited bravery in many different forms and worked to keep Wellingtonians safe,” she says. “The nominations close on Monday, 31 August.

“We recognise that Police and emergency service are our tireless safety frontline. We also want to pay tribute to those individuals or groups who have done something extraordinary or put a significant effort into keeping our city safe,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

Australian travel writer Ben Groundwater rates Wellington sixth on his list of safest cities for travellers and Mayor Wade-Brown attributes this to the caring attitudes of Wellingtonians.

Councillor Paul Eagle, Chair of the council committee responsible for city safety, says bravery can be obvious but in most instances it goes unnoticed and unrecognised.

“A nominee could be someone you know who regularly clears our walkways so they’re safer for people to use, or someone who intervened in a bullying situation – we want to hear from you.”

Nominations that recognise a lifetime of actions taken in the interest of the safety of others are welcome, as are nominations that recognise bravery pertaining to a particular incident.  Individuals and groups are equally eligible and nominees should be residents of Wellington City.

Nominations should relate to personal or community safety, crime and disorder, or accident and emergency responses.

Last year’s award winners included a man who dove to the aid of a drowning person, a young girl who called an ambulance for her mother, walking and cycling safety advocates and a couple who came to the aid of a lone man on Wellington streets late at night.

The Safety in the City Awards will be presented at a ceremony held at the Michael Fowler Centre on Thursday 1 October 2015. Send your nominations by Monday 31 August to:

Rachel Rogers
Safe City Team Leader
PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140
rachel.rogers@wcc.govt.nz
(04) 803 8770

Nominations should include:

  • name, address (if known) and contact details of person or organisation
  • description of what they did or do
  • a short biography
  • your own name, address and contact details.

For further information contact Councillor Paul Eagle, Chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee, email paul.eagle@wcc.govt.nz, phone 04 499 4444 or 021 673 630. Or contact Jayne Ramage, Office of the Mayor, email jayne.ramage@wcc.govt.nz or phone 04 801 3861.