The search is on for Wellington’s most exceptional volunteer groups

1 Apr 2019

USO Bike Ride - 2018 Supreme Winner. Photo credit: Joel Christian Ryan

The search is on to reward and recognise work carried out by the region’s most exceptional community groups, with award nominations for the Wellington Airport Community Awards open from today.

Every year, Wellington Airport, Wellington Community Trust in collaboration with Wellington’s five regional councils’ recognise the work carried out by volunteer groups in the areas of: Arts and Culture, Education and Child/Youth Development, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage and Environment, Sport and Leisure as well as a Rising Star Award.

According to Wellington Airport’s CEO Steve Sanderson: “The focus of the awards is really to celebrate the volunteers for their valuable contribution to society. It’s always heart-warming to witness the fantastic work being carried out by truly exceptional community groups and the many ways they work to improve the community of Wellington.”

Regional finalists are invited to an awards dinner at Te Papa in November where the overall winners for each of the six categories are announced. A Supreme winner is also chosen, with all winners receiving a share of $50,000 for their community group.

Wellington Community Trust Chair, Roger Palairet said “The Wellington Community Trust is thrilled to support the Wellington Airport Community Awards for another year. We’ve been impressed and amazed by the range and depth of community effort across the Wellington region, and look forward to seeing the breadth of nominations again this year.”

The Wellington Airport Community Awards have been running for 16 years and have recognised over 500 community organisations in Wellington. Last year over 245 nominations were received from across the region.

Nominations can be made by visiting Wellington Airport’s website and close on 31 May 2019.

For more information contact:

Wellington Airport

Jo Maxwell

Phone 027 2689 100

Wellington Community Trust:

Georgie Ferrari

Phone 021 181 3400

More information

2018 Overall Regional Winners