Porirua Volunteers Recognised in Awards
Pictured above are: Mayor Nick Leggett with overall winners from Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust Liz Snyde
(Volunteer), Nikki Tamaiva (Volunteer), Liz Kelly (Wellington Community Trust), Tiare Tamaiva (Student) and Jo Maxwell
Six Porirua volunteer groups were recognised for their valuable contribution to the community at a ceremony at Pataka on
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett congratulated the finalist organisations in the local round of the regional Wellington
Airport Community Awards.
“Big congratulations and thanks to all the finalists and winners for the time and commitment they give to our people and
city. They do an awesome job and make a big difference in many people’s lives in our city,” said Mayor Leggett.
The Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, held in partnership with Wellington Community Trust
and the five local councils, recognise the commitment and dedication of volunteers to community groups across the
Wellington Community Trust trustee Liz Kelly said it’s always a pleasure to acknowledge and credit those who are doing
outstanding work in the community.
“There’s a lot of good that goes on under the radar and this year we introduced a new “Rising Star” award to encourage
new people and projects to be recognised. The winners in this category are a really good example of new initiatives in
She said the Trust had given over $40 million to 6000 recipients in the Wellington region over the past 25 years.
The Council region winners move through to the regional finals hosted by Wellington Airport in November.
Wellington Airport Brand & Innovation Manager Jo Maxwell said:
“It is a privilege to be able to recognise the many thousands of hours of community service, and the variety of
activities that contribute to the wellbeing and culture of Porirua. We were thrilled with the record number of
nominations and a high calibre of finalists across the region this year. We look forward to seeing the Porirua winners
at the regional finals in November.”
Porirua’s finalist and winners are:
Arts & Culture category
Winner: Porirua Little Theatre Inc
Runner Up: Porirua Soundscapes
Education & Child Youth Development category
Winner: Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust
Runner Up: Mana Parents Centre
Health & Well-Being category
Winner: Little Sprouts Charitable Trust
Runner Up: Porirua Men United
Heritage & Environment category
Winner: Porirua Harbour Trust
Runner Up: Titahi Bay Horticultural Society Inc
Sport & Leisure category
Winner: Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club
Runner Up: Porirua City Aquatics Learn to Swim Programme
Rising Star Award
Winner: Porirua Men United
Runner Up: Stuart Park Restoration Project