Wild at Heart Spirit Awards

2019 Wild at Heart Spirit Award recipients

Wellington Airport Wild at Heart Spirit Awards Update 2020

Over the past 13 years, as part of our Wild at Heart Spirit Awards, we have awarded scholarships to 65 outstanding students who have gone above and beyond to provide service to their school and community.

This year, due to Covid-19, we are unable to offer our usual scholarships to students but we would still like to recognise students who have demonstrated ongoing commitment to school and community service.

Wellington Airport Wild at Heart Community Spirit Awards 2020

For 2020, one student from each of the five colleges will receive:

  • A certificate and letter of congratulations from Wellington Airport
  • An invitation to a celebration lunch at WLG Rydges with Wellington Airport’s CEO and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle
  • A small voucher or other reward
  • Acknowledgement of their achievements through our airport channels.



  • Nominations open from now until midnight Sunday 27 September
  • Recipients will be selected in conjunction with colleges by end October
  • Recipients notified and invited to lunch by Friday 4 November
  • Celebration Lunch (date TBC) early December (post exams)

Eligible Schools

  • Rongotai College
  • St Catherine’s College
  • St Patrick’s College
  • Scots College
  • Wellington East Girls’ College

Nominate a student now

Wild at Heart Spirit Awards 2019

The Wild at Heart Spirit Awards are presented by Wellington Airport to a Year 13 student from each of the five local colleges. These awards recognise and celebrate students dedicated to making their communities better.

Successful recipients must demonstrate the following:

  • Contribute to their college during their time there
  • Develop good relationships
  • Treat others with respect and concern
  • Desire to give service to their school and/or community projects
  • good ambassadors for their college.
  • Winners receive a scholarship towards furthering their education.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

  • Lufilufi Lene Isara - Rongotai College
  • Steph Edlin - St Catherine’s College
  • Will Georgeson - St Patrick’s College
  • Matthew Harford - Scots College
  • Neelisha Kumar - Wellington East Girls’ College

Spirit Award Citations 2019

Lufilufi Lene Isara - Rongotai College

Lufilufi is a dedicated Head Boy and student council representative at Rongotai College. He competently leads the Pasifika Poly Group and is a student mentor at EBIS. An advocate for Pacific success, Lufi is an NZQA Pasifika Student Navigator and represented the school at a Pacific Health Plus Practice conference. He volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at Taita Methodist Church.

Steph Edlin - St Catherine’s College

Steph is a brave and outspoken student leader and Head Girl at St Catherine's College. Steph is passionate about civic education, has served on the Rongotai Labour Youth Board, and recently stood for the Wellington City Council in the local body elections, campaigning for awareness of youth issues and smart, fair, diverse leadership.

Will Georgeson - St Patrick’s College

Will is a committed student leader and Head Boy at St Patrick's College. He volunteers for Young Vinnies, helped run a holiday programme at Holy Family School and organised fundraisers for Youthline and Ghanian students. Through the Young Marist Neighbours' programme, he participated in a service trip to Minginui, and the Hokianga Experience.

Matthew Harford - Scots College

Matthew is an active student leader and House Prefect at Scots College. Strongly community-minded, key activities include leading an appeal for Christmas present donations for Angel Tree NZ which supports children with parents in prison, and co-captained the school's 2019 Relay for Life team which raised over $20,000.

Neelisha Kumar - Wellington East Girls’ College

Neelisha is a compassionate student leader, peer tutor and Cultural Prefect at Wellington East Girls' College. She keenly collects for numerous charities, volunteers for Mary Potter Hospice and serves on the Wellington Indian Association Youth Board and the Hindu Heritage Youth Board.