"The awards celebrate the tremendous time, energy and creativity these students have put into making Wellington and our communities great places to live and learn.
"Congratulations to all of our winners. It shows just how many talented young people we have in our Capital city," he says.
Eighteen students from 11 Wellington secondary schools are being recognised for everything from building a prosthetic arm for a child, to volunteering in the community and campaigning for change.
Deputy Mayor Sarah Free says the awards, which have run since 2014, highlight the contribution our rangitahi (young people) make to the Wellington community.
"You can see them working on national appeals, participating in environmental restoration projects regardless of the weather, spear-heading exciting initiatives in science, technology and cultural wellbeing, supporting the elderly and mentoring their contemporaries.
"These are the country’s leaders-in-the-making, making their mark in our communities and on the national and international stages. We are proud of having such fantastic young people calling this city home.
"We also pay tribute to the mahi of their teachers, families and communities who have supported them in their endeavours", says Deputy Mayor Free.
This year’s winners include three Year 10 Scots College students, recognised for designing and building an affordable prosthetic arm, with a bionic hand.
A chance meeting at a school Open Day, introduced Lachlan Stinson, Liam Frampton and Benjamin Trolove to 3-year-old Avery and her parents. The boys had already designed a prototype of an arm, for a school project and were looking for someone to test it on.