Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards

These awards honour members of the community who have made absolutely positive contributions to our city.

Absolutely Positively Wellington 2021 award winners at ceremony
Mayor Foster and Councillors with 2021 APW Award recipients

Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards (APWs) are one way for the Council to honour members of the community who have made outstanding or lengthy contributions, usually in a voluntary capacity, to the capital and its people.

The awards are presented once a year.

2022 nominations now closed

APW Awards nominations are now closed for 2022. We are currently reviewing all applications and will be announcing winners in early August.


Established in 1986, they were originally known as the Civic Awards, recognising Wellingtonians who had given significant voluntary service in the areas of community service or welfare, sport, culture, the arts, recreation and education.

In 1994, Wellington’s then mayor Fran Wilde suggested reinvigorating the awards, to acknowledge those who have made a significant contribution to the city, often out of the public eye.

Five years later, in 1999, the Civic Awards became the Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards. 

2021 APW Awards

The annual Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards 2021 recognised 12 recipients for their commitment to the Wellington community.

Check out the 2021 winners

Past recipients 

Citations were originally presented during Wellington City Council meetings to those who have given back to the community by saving and restoring historic buildings, installing public artworks and setting up residents' groups and film festivals.

They have acknowledged the contribution of bloggers, cyclists, artists, musicians, fashion-designers and businesspeople.

In 2017, the awards became an annual event with a formal ceremony to honour the recipients, a format that continues today.

Check out past recipients' archive

Other awards

Other city awards that Council offer include: