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Community groups in the spotlight


Atafu Tokelau Community Group won the Supreme Award for Porirua in 2023.

Nominations close this month for the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, as the hard work of local volunteers is once more given a deserved spotlight.

Nominations close at midnight on 31 May and the awards are run at the same time by the region’s five councils. Last year’s Porirua winners – that moved on to the regional awards night – included Plimmerton Volunteer Fire Brigade, Porirua Multicultural Council and eventual supreme winners Atafu Tokelau Community Group.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker says people and groups who are making a difference in our city deserve to be recognised for their mahi.

“I love awards nights like the ones we will have for the Airport Awards, because you hear about the great things that are happening in our community, contributing to our society being a better place.

“Often the work is happening out of the spotlight, so I encourage anyone to nominate these organisations so, for one night at least, we can give them the limelight to perhaps inspire others.”

Nominations can be submitted under one of the following categories: arts and culture; education and child/youth development; health and wellbeing; heritage and environment; sport and leisure; and the rising star award – designed to recognise and encourage emerging grassroots groups.

The category and supreme winners from each council then go forward to an annual celebration dinner later in the year, hosted by Wellington Airport, for the opportunity to be crowned the region’s supreme winner.

These awards have been running since 2004, celebrating hundreds of worthy community groups right across the Wellington region.

You can find a nomination form at and search ‘awards’ on the Council website to see all the ways we can celebrate success in Porirua.

20 May 2024