Polyfest Hutt Valley win Hutt City Community Awards

13 Jul 2018

Congratulations to the Wellington Airport Regional Community Award Winners for Hutt City that were announced last night.

The Supreme Award went to Polyfest Hutt Valley, a week-long community celebration of the cultures of the Pacific, with involvement from over 60 local schools and colleges.

15,000 Hutt Valley children, fanau and friends came through Poly Odyssey and PolyFest last week at Walter Nash Centre where they were immersed in Pasifika culture. Highlights included villages from five Pasifika nations - Cook Islands, Māori, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga; a full sized Vaka Atafaga; a tape art labyrinth; story telling; and drumming. Preventative health messages were woven through traditional Pasifika customs, arts and storytelling.

Arts & Culture category

  • Winner – Hutt Valley Polyfest
  • Runner Up – Hutt City Musical Theatre

Education & Child/Youth Development category

  • Winner - Te Awakairangi Access Trust
  • Runner Up – Challenge2000

Health & Well-Being category

  • Winner - Te Omanga Hospice Volunteer Team
  • Runner Up - HV SASH Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support & Healing

Heritage & Environment category

  • Winner - Ngahuru Charitable Trust
  • Runner Up – Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Trust

Sport & Leisure category

  • Winner - Special Olympics Hutt Valley
  • Runner Up - Whanau Ora Fitness (Stokes Valley)

Rising Star Award

  • Winner - Friends of the Emergency Department
  • Runner Up - Acting Out NZ

The winning community groups from Hutt City will join winners from around the region for the Regional Award finals in mid-November.


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.

Read more about the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards