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  • Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards

    Nominations for the 2014 Community Awards are now closed.

    Wellington Airport joins forces with Wellington Community Trust each year to recognise voluntary organisations that do so much to make our community a better place. These awards provide a way for people in the community to say thank you, as well as allowing those within the organisation to nominate their group to receive a reward for all their hard work. Wellington Airport recognises the value of volunteers and their work in strengthening the community.

    The community awards are first held in the five council regions Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt City, Lower Hutt and Wellington city, then winners from these regions attend the regional award ceremony at Wellington Airport.

    2014 Commmunity Awards Regional Winners:

    Kapiti winners:

    - Art & Culture - Runner up: Kapiti Gospel Choir, Winner: Kapiti Coast Quilters
    - Education & Child/Youth Development - Runner up: St John, Winner: Otaki Surf Lifesaving
    - Health & Wellbeing - Runner up: Lions Club of Kapiti, Winner: MenzShed Kapiti
    - Heritage & Environment - Runner up: Paekakariki Community Trust, Winner: Steam Incorporated
    - Sport & Leisure - Runner up: Coastguard Kapiti Coast, Winner: Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards 
    - Supreme Winner: MenzShed Kapiti

    Upper Hutt winners - announced on 19 August

    Porirua winners - announced on 25 August

    Wellington City winners - anopunced on 4 September

    Hutt City winners - announced on 19 September

    They now enter the overall supreme awards announced in November. We wish them and all other Wellington Airport Regional Community awards finalists the very best.

    Historical Supreme Winners

    2013 - Ignite Sport Trust
    2012 - Kaibosh Food Rescue
    2011 - Mana Recovery
    2010 - Naenae Youth Charitable Trust for Billy Graham Boxing Academy
    2009 - eDay New Zealand Trust
    2008 - Kotuku Music Academy Support Trust
    2007 - Hutt Playcentre Association
    2006 - Porirua Arts Council for Porirua Festival of the Elements
    2005 - WellTrust
    2004 - Shakespeare Globe Company New Zealand

    2013 Supreme Winner - Ignite Sport Trust

    Ignite Sport Trust is a youth development organisation that operates throughout the Wellington Region, using sport and recreation to engage, connect and change lives. 75 volunteers support a core team in delivering innovative programmes in low decile schools and the community that not only teach sport disciplines, but also good decision-making, communication, leadership, nutrition and general life-skills.

    Ignite Sport also organise volunteer sports mentors, coaches and administrators from the community to fill gaps in school sports programmes. Congratulations Ignite Sport Trust!

    View clip about the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

  • Visa Wellington On a Plate


    Visa Wellington On a Plate (15-31 August) is Wellington's tasty culinary festival, serving up great deals and gastronomic good times. Whether it's enjoying a craft beer at Beervana, an hands-on workshop, or a experiencing a 5 course wild food degustation meal, there’s something to tempt everyone’s taste buds! Wellington Airport are excited to sponsor the festival, and celebrate the best of Wellington dining!

  • World of WearableArt™ Awards Show


    Wellington Airport is proud to be a sponsor of the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show. The very concept of WOW™ perfectly embodies the 'Wild at Heart' spirit of Wellington Airport. WOW™ is a homegrown creative concept, beginning in Nelson in 1988, growing to the creative extravaganza held over three weekends in the heart of Wellington that it is today.

  • Wellington High Performance Aquatics


    Principal Sponsor

    Wellington High Performance Aquatics (WHiPA) is a training centre established to develop youth involved in aquatic sports to achieve at international levels. The foundation sport was diving, now joined by swimming and support of surf life saving and triathlon atheletes, with further aquatic disciplines to follow as the centre continues to grow.

  • New Zealand Festival


    The New Zealand Festival is New Zealand’s premier cultural event and a leading multi-arts festival in Australasia.  The Festival has an esteemed reputation among artists and audiences for bringing the very best from around the globe to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    Every two years Wellington transforms into one of the world’s great festival cities. For 24 days, its easily accessible theatres, concert halls, museums, galleries and open spaces come alive with theatre, dance and music, literature, film and visual arts.

    Wellington Airport has a long partnership with the New Zealand Festival and are proud to continue our support for the exciting 2014 festival. We enjoy welcoming the many visitors from around the country and the world to Wellington's doorstep in February!

    Image: Deca Dance Gadi Dagon ©

  • Life Flight Trust


    The team at Wellington Airport is proud to provide Life Flight Trust with financial assistance to support the service’s operations, making your donations to the Trust go further. With Life Flight Trust’s Air Rescue Centre based at Wellington Airport, we see first hand the vital service the team at Life Flight Trust provides our community. Through our support of rescue services and the Life Flight Trust, our rescue teams are working together to save lives. 

  • Wild at Heart Spirit Awards

    The Wild at Heart Spirit Awards are presented annually by Wellington Airport to a Year 13 student from each of the five local colleges. The awards recognise and celebrate students who believe in the importance of community - and are self-motivated and selfless. Spirit Awardees demonstrate a broad contribution to their college during their time there as a student. They develop good relationships, treat others with respect and concern, go out of their way to give service to their school or community projects, and are good ambassadors for their college.

    The recipients receive a scholarship of $3000 towards furthering their education.

    The winners of the 2013 Wild at Heart Spirit Awards are:
    Rongotai College - Gudora Ahmed
    St Catherine’s College - Georgia Bellve
    St Patrick’s College - Timothy Helbano
    Scots College - Santino Gaeta (pictured)
    Wellington East Girls’ College - Rosalie Willis

  • New Zealand Fringe Festival 2014


    Wellington Airport were proud to support the 2014 New Zealand Fringe Festival. Based in Wellington, and held annually for three weeks February/March, the festival is a community based open-access event providing a concentrated mix of new talent across multiple arts forms. The 2014 programme ran from 7 February - 2 March and featured 121 events, performing over 700 shows in 45 different venues!

  • Wellington Phoenix


    Wellington Airport is proud to sponsor the Wellington Phoenix. We love to support our community, especially those groups who are as ‘Wild at Heart’ as we are.

    The Phoenix is Wellington’s much loved football team that everyone is wild about supporting. During hype of the games, supporters of all ages join the buzz of yellow fever. It is a great game to watch with a diverse collection of families, party animals and as well as Wellingtonians who enjoy a fun atmosphere

  • Wellington Jazz Festival


    Wellington Airport are proud to support Wellington Jazz Festival - the hottest little jazz festival – in the coolest little capital. 

    As the days grew cooler, hundreds of musicians turned up the heat at the 2014 Wellington Jazz Festival (held over 5-8 June 2014).  

  • Kate McIlroy

    Wellington Airport is very excited to sponsor of Wellington Triathlete Kate McIlroy. Kate had a top 10 finish at the London Olympics. She's now focusing on racing in the upcoming 2014 Commonweatlh Games. We love Kate's passion and determination, and wish her all the best!

  • Worser Bay Life Saving Club


    Worser Bay Life Saving Club is a family orientated club who welcome participation from all ages. Club activities include sea swimming, board training, surf competitions and carnivals, along with life guard teams and training and IRB driver programmes. 

    Wellington Airport have been proud sponsor of Worser Bay Life Saving Club for many years. Our Life Guard Development Fund assists the club to provide training opportunities and resources.

  • Gold Awards


    The Wellington Gold Awards in association with The Dominion Post celebrate the excellence and enterprise of business in the Wellington Region. They showcase of our business talent and capability and pay tribute to those who are building our community. 

    We're back at the awards this year sponsoring the category we were thrilled to win in 2007 – Vibrant Gold, which spotlights the best in hospitality, events, promotions and visitor facilities in Wellington.

    Who will join past Vibrant Gold winners; Adrenalin Forest (2012), Boomrock (2011), World of Wearable Arts (2010), Matterhorn (2009), The New Dowse (2008) and La Bella Italia (2006)?

  • Upper Hutt Volunteer Fire Brigade Centenary


    Wellington Airport are proud to support the upcoming centenary of the Upper Hutt Volunteer Fire Brigade in 2014. Members of our Wellington Airport Fire Service also volunteer their time in their home town Upper Hutt, and we are proud to support their efforts in making their community safer, and the significant 100 year achievement of their volunteer brigade.

  • Marine Education Centre

    Wellington Airport has been a long time supporter of the Marine Education Centre project. You can find out more information about Wellington Marine Education Conservation Trust and Education Centre, and when their next interactive Open Day is through their website: http://www.octopus.org.nz/

  • Surf Life Saving

    Wellington Airport have been long-time supporters of Surf Life Saving Clubs in the Eastern Suburbs. Recently we've supported Maranui Surf Life Saving Club with equipment, sponsored a Lifeguard Support and Development programme with Worser Bay Life Saving Club, and assisted the Special Needs Surfing Experience get off the ground.

  • Refugee Services


    Each year, the New Zealand government selects 750 refugees for resettlement in our country, and the Greater Wellington region welcomes around 200 of these refugees. Refugee Services is the primary agency helping them to settle and adjust within their new communities, providing a range of practical support services to assist refugees with the many challenges of adjusting to life in a new culture and society. Wellington Airport are proud to assist Refugee Services provide a warm Wellington welcome!