Kāpiti Good Sorts and Community Awards
Our annual Kāpiti Good Sorts Awards celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our local residents, while the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are a way to recognise groups and organisations that help make Kāpiti a great place to live.
This year we renamed our Civic Awards to the Kāpiti Good Sorts Awards. These awards recognise individual residents who’ve made a lasting impact in the community. It’s about celebrating our local heroes – those who care about our community and are taking action to make a difference for those who call Kāpiti home. Based on public nominations, Council gives awards for exemplary service or leadership for their community.
Kāpiti Good Sorts Awards are awarded to individuals who:
- lead by example, through compassion and kindness, to support and serve our communities
- enhance the wellbeing of vulnerable people in our community
- create new ways to help our communities be safe, healthy, thriving, and connected.
Nominations for the Kāpiti Good Sorts Awards 2023 closed 5pm, Wednesday 31 May.
Nominees were invited to a local awards ceremony on 30 August, where the winners were announced.
Nominated Good Sorts
Congratulations to the following 2023 nominated Good Sorts!
- Andrew and Kirsten London
- Anne Cheetham
- Annette Buckley
- Claire Roper
- Denis Wood
- Diane Marshall
- Hanna Wagner-Nicholls
- Jan Borland
- Jan Nisbet
- John Smith
- Karl Webber
- Kash Edmonds
- Kate Foley
- Kerren Hedlund
- Marian and Jan Weststrate
- Martin Sloman
- Martin Whyle
- Michele Wilson
- Miriame Molony
- Phill Simmonds
- Pippa Hinton
- Rebecca Bond
- Rebekah Corlett
- Rosanne Litchfield
- Seuga Frost
- Sharon Henderson
- Sheila and Tony Hart
- Shirley Jarden
- Sylvia Bagnall
- Wineke Van Thof
Our judging panel assessed the merits of each nomination against the following criteria and supporting evidence to decide who'll receive a Kāpiti Good Sorts award.
- the reason for the nomination, including the extent to which the above criteria was met
- whether the contribution is substantially voluntary in nature
- the benefit and impact of the actions or activities within the district
- the nature of the communities positively affected (this may include neighbours, households, hāpu, iwi, and other groups within the district)
- any other supporting information or evidence.
Kāpiti Coast District Council, together with Wellington Airport, work together to honour the efforts made by groups of residents in our district.
The Wellington Airport Regional Awards recognise the contributions made by community groups in six categories:
- arts and culture
- education and child/youth development
- health and wellbeing
- heritage and environment
- sport and leisure
- rising star category for emerging groups.
Note: these awards recognise community groups and organisations, not individual volunteers.
Nominations for the Wellington Airport Regional Awards closed Wednesday 31 May.
Finalists were invited to a local awards ceremony on 30 August, where the local winners were announced.
The winners of each local Community Award category are automatically entered into the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.
Members of the public had the opportunity to vote for the finalists in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards’ People’s Choice Award.
Local nominations for both the Kāpiti Good Sorts and Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards are judged by our local panel of Mayor Janet Holborow and our community board chairs.
Wellington Airport Regional Community Award finalists 2023
Congratulations to the following 2023 Wellington Airport Regional Community Award finalists.
Arts and Culture Category (Winner ($1,000) and Runner Up ($250))
- Kāpiti Art Studio
- Kāpiti Concert Orchestra
- Kapiti Senior Singers
- Paekākāriki Pride
- The Shed Creative Space
- Waikanae Music Society
Education and Child/Youth Development Category (Winner ($1,000) and Runner Up ($250))
- Birthright Kapiti
- Ellie’s Canine Rescue and Rehome
- Otaki Market (Otaki Women’s Community Club)
- Sense Rugby NZ
- Volunteer Kāpiti
- Work Ready Kāpiti
Health and Wellbeing Category (Winner ($1,000) and Runner Up ($250))
- Dementia Wellington
- Endo Warriors NZ
- Horowhenua Kapiti Wellington Traffic Page
- Kapiti Community Foodbank Inc
- Kāpiti Fruit and Vege Co-op
- Kāpiti Kindness Trust
- Kapiti/Horowhenua Parkinson’s Action Group
- Nourish @ Christmas
- St Luke’s Foodshare
- The Shed Project
- Waikanae Foodshare
- Whānau Wellbeing Hub
Heritage and Environment Category (Winner ($1,000) and Runner Up ($250))
- Discover Kāpiti Heritage Group
- Wainuiwhenua Paekākāriki
- Whareroa Guardians Community Trust
- Zero Waste Ōtaki
Sport & Leisure Category (Winner ($1,000) and Runner Up ($250))
- Kapiti Boating Club
- Kapiti Underwater Club
- Mozhdeh Martial Arts
- Waikanae Community Market Incorporated Society
We also awarded a Rising Star Award (Winner ($1,000)), which recognises the achievements of new or emerging groups – the rising stars in our community, and the Kāpiti Supreme Winner to one of the five category winners ($1,000).
|1 May||Nominations open|
|31 May||Nominations close|
|Late June||Judging panel consider nominations|
|30 August||Kāpiti Awards ceremony|
|September||Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony|
Kāpiti Coast District Council hosts a local awards ceremony for both the Kāpiti Good Sorts and Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.
Local Kāpiti Community Award winners are also invited to attend a Regional Community Awards dinner hosted by Wellington Airport.
The regional category, People's Choice and Supreme Award winners are announced at an awards dinner hosted by Wellington Airport.