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Putting the Heart in ‘Wild at Heart’, our sponsorships show our passion towards the many organisations and people supporting and inspiring our community.

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  • Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards

    Nominations for the 2014 Community Awards are now open. Nominate here 

    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.

    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!

    2013 Winners

    Arts and Culture category: Order of the Boar (Upper Hutt)
    Education Child/Youth Development category: English Language Partners (Wellington City)
    Health and Wellbeing category: Kiwi Community Assistance (Porirua)
    Heritage and Environment category: Nga Uruora Kapiti Project (Kapiti)
    Sport and Leisure category: Adventure Wellington (Wellington City)
    Supreme Winner: Ignite Sport Trust (Hutt City) Read more about the 2013 winners

    Celebrating 10 years of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards!

    We’ve had nine inspiring Community Award Supreme winners over the past 10 years, and to celebrate we gave them all a chance to win a share of $10,000 based on public vote. Congratulations to our 2004 Supreme Award winner Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand who received the largest percentage of the votes (28%).

    Historical Supreme Winners

    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

    View clip about the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

  • 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

  • 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 Fringe Festival 2014

     

    Wellington Airport are 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 runs from 7 February - 2 March and features 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

  • Visa Wellington On a Plate

    Visa Wellington On a Plate (9 - 25 August 2013) is Wellington's tasty culinary festival, serving up great deals and gastronomic good times.  Whether it's enjoying a craft beer at Beervana, indulging at The Chocolate Festival 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!

  • Wellington Jazz Festival on Cuba

     

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

    As the days grow cool, hundreds of musicians will be turning up the heat in the capital's famous Cuba Quarter at the 2013 Wellington Jazz Festival (6-8 June).  Eight-time Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés and his Afro-Cuban Messengers will kick things off, with major international artist Cassandra Wilson and home-grown super groups adding to the mix. 

  • Kate McIlroy

    Wellington Airport is very excited to be a new sponsor of Wellington Triathlete Kate McIlroy.

    Kate had a top 10 finish at the London Olympics last year, and is currently ranked 4th in the world. She's now focusing on racing in the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series - eight cities in four continents, over five months! We love Kate's passion and determination, and wish her all the best for the season in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games next year!

  • 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.

  • World of WearableArt™ Awards Show

     

    Wellington Airport is proud to be a key supporter in Brancott Estate World of WearableArt™ Awards Show Wellington campaign because the very concept of WOW™ embodies perfectly the 'Wild at Heart' atmosphere engendered by Wellington Airport. WOW™ is a homegrown creative concept, and begun in Nelson in 1988 with a small show in a wool shed! Since then it has grown to an extravaganza of creativity held over two weekends. 2005 was the first year for WOW to be held here in Wellington.

  • 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!