Wellington Airport awards community volunteers

11 November 2011

Wellington Airport, in association with Wellington Community Trust, awarded the Supreme Award for voluntary work in the community to Mana Recovery at the 2011 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

Mana Recovery provides social and employment outcomes for people with mental health needs in the Wellington and Porirua region based on respect and empowerment. The activities are centre around environmental sustainability and resource recovery.

Along with giving new life to discarded goods at the Trash Palace shop, Mana Recovery educates the community on sustainability through the education centre, and the reduce reuse recycle programme it runs with local schools. Last year over 700 tonnes of material were diverted from landfill, and they are tracking to divert over 1400 tonnes this year.

"Volunteers are at the heart of our community and Wellington Airport proudly support and greatly value the service of these individuals and organisations. These awards give volunteers the recognition they really deserve and are an inspiration to others," said John Howarth acting CEO of Wellington Airport.

Wellington Airport also awarded the Wild at Heart Spirit Awards to five students from local high schools. The Spirit Awards recognise and celebrate students who believe in the importance of community and demonstrate self motivation in their service to the community and a contribution to their college. The recipients receive a $1,500 scholarship towards furthering their education.

The Airport has been involved with The Community Awards for eight years. The awards begin at the municipal level with the greater Wellington region’s five councils awarding volunteer organisations in their local community under the following categories: Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education and Youth Development.

The finalists from each category and region then go forward for the overall award in their category and the Supreme Award. These are announced at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. Mana Recovery receive an all expenses paid trip to the TrustPower National Awards to be held in Ashburton in March 2012. The TrustPower National Community Awards started in 2000.

This year the event was hosted in the new terminal development, The Rock, which has won 11 awards including the Inside Award for Transport at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.

Wellington Airport is also proud to sponsor other community organisations and events such as Life Flight Trust, The International Arts Festival, Wellington High Performance Aquatic, Life Flight Trust, Maranui and Worser Bay Surf Lifesaving Clubs and the Community Service Award at the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards.

The four other finalists for the Supreme Award were:

• Kapiti – Kapiti Community Enterprise Trust
• Wellington – Wellington 2011 Inc
• Hutt City– Pomare Community House
• Upper Hutt – Wellington Speedway Society

Category Winners for the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards

The 2011 Category winners are:

A. Heritage and Environment: Clyma Park Community Garden
B. Health and Wellbeing: Wellington Free Ambulance – Operation Heartbeat
C. Arts and Culture: Taki Rua Productions
D. Sport and Leisure: Netball Wellington region
E. Education and Child/Youth Development: Maranui Surf Life Saving Club

A. Heritage and Environment – Clyma Park Community Garden
Volunteers from The Clyma Park Community Garden Society have taken an empty park area in Upper Hutt and developed it into a thriving community garden of vegetables and planted trees.
Volunteers have fundraised and contributed their time and energy to develop the land, build plant beds, purchase materials and composting facilities.

The group work closely with neighbouring Fraser Crescent School to provide students learning and participation opportunities aiming to develop a “seed to table” relationship with the food they eat, and foster environmental understanding.

B. Health & Wellbeing – Wellington Free Ambulance – Operation Heartbeat
Wellington Free Ambulance Operation Heart beat is aimed at improving the survival rate of Wellingtonians who have a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital.

Operation Heartbeat focuses on several key strands – providing free education and training and increasing the awareness and number of public access defibrillators spread throughout the community.

Six of these Public Access defibrillators were installed throughout Wellington Airport last month, and airport staff were among the over 8000 students and members of the public who have taken part in the Operation Heartbeat free CPR and defibrillator training in the past year.

C. Arts and Culture – Taki Rua Productions
Taki Rua Productions is New Zealand’s National Māori theatre company. They produce Māori theatre works that tour to diverse audiences throughout Aotearoa and the world.

Their commitment promoting access to Māori theatre is encouraging New Zealanders to feel comfortable in taking ownership of Te Reo Māori, an official language of New Zealand.

They identify four strands as the key to the work they do: community, development, main stage and international presence and relationships.  This includes an annual national tour of works in Te Reo Māori for schools, marae and community centres, the development of emerging theatre practitioners, raising the profile of maori theatre and securing involvement within the global theatre community.

D. Sport & Leisure – Netball Wellington Region
Netball Wellington region supports grass roots and franchise level netball across the Wellington region including Kapiti, Kapi Mana, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Wellington.

Thousands of volunteers contribute through administration, coaching, managing and umpiring for the nearly 800 teams across the region.

Player development, on-going education and programmes to increase junior participation are some of the key focuses of the group. Next year Netball Wellington region aims to increase levels of participation to over 12,000 women & girls playing the sport regionally.

E. Educational & Child/Youth Development – Maranui Surf Life Saving Club
Maranui Surf Life Saving Club is solely run by volunteers, who have provided lifeguard training and rescue services along with free water safety education programmes to the local community for over 100 years.

In the past year a significant project developing a Tsunami Response Plan has been undertaken by the club in association with WEMO – the Wellington Emergency Management Office. The plan includes communication tree, essential life saving equipment, response training, green zone identification and education, and is a key part of the civil defence plan for the local area.

Wild at Heart Spirit Award Citations 2011

Wellington East Girls’ College – Sarah Bayliss
Sarah Bayliss is a very active student at Wellington East Girls’ College, involved in orchestra, choir and stage crew, and sports including netball, volleyball and table tennis.

Sarah is also a valuable member of the charities committee, a peer support leader, and volunteers her time to help in the Special Needs Unit at her school. She has also completed both a Queens Award and a Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, both recognising a commitment to voluntary service.

Her community involvement includes leadership in the Monday club social action group, fundraising for World Vision, assisting with Sunday school and holiday programmes and spending time tutoring refugee students.

St Patrick’s College – Luis Arca
Luis Arca has contributed widely to the St Patrick’s school community, captaining the football team, serving on the school council, as a Eucharistic minister, a prefect and member of Junior Vinnies, the schools charitable organisation.

Luis volunteers his time as a karate instructor, helping at the soup kitchen and fundraising for Red Cross, World Vision and Relay For Life.

Rongotai College – Matt Emery
Matt Emery has made an outstanding contribution to Rongotai College in his time as a student.  He has been widely involved in sports, arts and culture and has taken a leadership role as a prefect and in athletics and cross country, and spoke at the NASDAP (National Association of Deputy Principals) conference.

Matt was the main organiser of a “fun-razor” event for Child Cancer foundation which raised over $11,000.  Matt is a member of the Salvation Army Wellington Citadel band and spends time in his weekends visiting rest homes to entertain residents with the band.

St Catherine’s College – Amy Sandford
Amy Sandford has been the International Captain for St Catherine’s college running a busy programme encouraging understanding and participation including key events such as International Week and Library Week and has also been involved in the peer support and mentoring programme.

Amy volunteers at El Rancho Christian Children’s camp over school holidays assisting younger children referred to the camp through Child, Youth and Family. She also takes a leadership role in her church, assisting with the Sunday School programme for 3-6 year olds.

As a passionate supporter of Diabetics Youth Wellington, Amy assists the Lions Foundation in fundraising and awareness for the cause.

Scots College – Adam Middleton
Adam Middleton has been a charismatic leader at Scots College as Captain of Sailing, a college prefect and the head of the social committee.

Along with the mobilisation of Scots College students to become blood donors, has used his graphic design skills to create logos for the school charitable trust.

Adam has been involved in many charity collection events including Daffodil Day and Malaghan institute fundraising, and is a volunteer coach at Worser Bay Boating Club in the learn to sail programmes. 

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