Wellington Airport Community Awards 2017 - Wellington City winners

10 Aug 2017

Congratulations to Polhill Protectors, the Wellington Airport Regional Community Supreme Award Winner for Wellington City.

In 70ha of scruffy regenerating gullies bordered by the suburbs of Brooklyn, Highbury and Aro Valley, something extraordinary is happening. For the first time in a century, rare birds like kaka and saddleback (a spillover from Zealandia), are living together with people, in the wild, in Wellington. Polhill Protectors are the dedicated patrons of the reserve, laying out the welcome mat with predator trapping and bush restoration.

Arts & Culture category

Winner – Barbarian Productions

Runner Up – Wellington Access Radio

Education & Child/Youth Development category

Winner - Youthline Wellington

Runner Up - Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Institute (BGI)

Health & Well-Being category

Winner - Victim Support Wellington

Runner Up - Heart Kids Wellington

Runner Up - Drug-ARM Wellington

Heritage & Environment category

Winner - Polhill Protectors

Runner Up - Ghost Fishing New Zealand

Sport & Leisure category

Winner - WORD - Wellington Off-Road Riding Department

Runner Up - Johnsonville Lions Club

Rising Star Award

Winner - Hygiene for Homeless

Runner Up - WorkerBe Oasis

The winning community groups from Wellington City will join winners from around the region for the Regional Award finals in late October.


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