Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards

InsideOUT - 2019 Supreme Winner

About the awards

Every year, Wellington International Airport, Wellington Community Trust, and the five local councils come together to recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region. The focus of the Awards is to celebrate volunteers for their valuable contribution to society.

Finalists from each region to compete for the overall award in their category, and the opportunity to be named Supreme Winner. Members of the public are invited to nominate any not-for-profit group or organisation working in the interests of the community.

2019 Award winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners

Congratulations to the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2019 Winners

Award categories

Nominations are submitted under one of the following categories:

  • Arts & Culture - Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities.
  • Education & Child/Youth Development - Improvement or enhancement of the educational and social development of children / youth.
  • Health & Wellbeing - Enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community.
  • Heritage & Environment - Improvement or revitalising of the environment, culture or heritage.
  • Sport & Leisure - Increase participation and enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits.
  • Rising Star award - Designed to recognise and encourage emerging grassroots groups in the community.


Nominations must be made by completing the online form. Additional supporting information may be attached to your nomination.

Key factors considered during judging are:

  • volunteer input
  • utilisation of resources
  • innovation and creativity
  • effectiveness of activities
  • impact within the community
  • activities during the past year

There are two parts to the awards’ process: council awards and regional awards. The Regional Awards are judged by a panel of the five regional mayors or their representatives, and a representative from the previous years' Supreme Award winner.

Council Awards

Within each of the five council regions, a judging panel selects the following:

  • 5 x Category Runner-Ups
  • 5 x Category Winners
  • 1 x Rising Star Winner
  • 1 x Supreme Winner

The awards are announced and presented at a function hosted by the region’s mayor. Winners receive a cash prize and a certificate.

Regional Awards

Thirty of the council awards’ recipients are invited to the regional awards dinner hosted by Wellington International Airport where the following regional winners are announced:

  • 5 x Regional Category Winners
  • 1 x Regional Rising Star Winner
  • 1 x Regional Supreme Winner

Winners receive a cash prize and a framed certificate. The Regional Supreme Winner will also receive a trophy that is held for one year.

2018 Overall Regional Winners

Supreme Award Winners

2004 - Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand

2005 –WellTrust

2006 - Porirua Community Arts Council - Festival of the Elements

2007 - The Hutt Playcentre Association

2008 - Kotuku Music Academy

2009 - eDay New Zealand Trust

2010 - Naenae Youth Charitable Trust

2011 - Mana Recovery

2012 - Kaibosh Food Rescue

2013 - Ignite Sport Trust

2014 - Common Unity Project Aotearoa

2015 - Earthlink Incorporated

2016 - CubaDupa

2017 - Virtuoso Strings

2018 - USO Bike Ride

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Wellington Airport:

Jo Maxwell

Community Awards Manager

E: jo.maxwell@wellingtonairport.co.nz

Hutt City:

Debbie Hunter

Community Development

E: Debbie.Hunter@huttcity.govt.nz


Margaret Sweetman

Events Coordinator

E: Margaret.Sweetman@kapiticoast.govt.nz


Robyn Steel

Policy and Projects Advisor

E: RSteel@pcc.govt.nz

Upper Hutt:

Michelle Bartlett

Community Development Advisor – Funding/Kaitohutohu Whakawhanake Pāpori – Pūtea

E: Michelle.Bartlett@uhcc.govt.nz


Mark Farrar

City Communities and Grants

E: funding@wcc.govt.nz

Wellington Community Trust:

Chiara LaRotonda

Community Engagement & Funding Manager

E: chiara@wct.org.nz