The 2018 Welly Finalists...
~ Arts ~
in association with The Wellington Company
KIERAN CHARNOCK Kiwi actor and recent award winner at Moscow’s International Film Festival.
GEORGE FOWLER aka Hugo Grrrl, fostering a queer renaissance in Welly with his spectacular cabarets.
KIRSTEN MASON GM and driving force behind Orchestra Wellington's recent success.
GAYLENE PRESTON film writer, director and producer telling important New Zealand stories.
PETER WALLS CE Chamber Music NZ. previously CE of NZSO and Emeritus Professor VUW.
~ Business ~
in association with ANZ
SIUAI & SERENA FISO owners of Connect Global - multi-award winning outsource contact centre that's making a difference.
MALCOLM GILLIES Community minded Upper Hutt real estate agent and developer repurposing old CIT and Southpac sites.
LINDA JENKINSON highly successful global serial entrepreneur, first NZ woman to list on the NASDAQ
DEREK LANDER director and visionary behind NZ's recycled packaging leaders - Flight Plastics.
~ Community Service ~
in association with Upper Hutt City Council
STEPH DYHRBERG leading the fight against sexual harassment in the legal sector.
ANG JURY Women’s Refuge boss has been helping domestic violence victims for 20 years.
GARY MITCHELL Honorary fisheries officer, Red Cross and Predator Free Grenada Volunteer.
~ Education ~
in association with Wellington City Council
LORENA GIBSON socio-cultural anthropologist and lecturer at VUW, winner of 2017 Best Lecturer of the Year.
LEVI FAAMAU Porirua Alternative School manager and youth worker empowering our at-risk young people.
RAWINIA HIGGINS VUW's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) championing
COCO KHO much loved music therapist for Wellington Early Intervention Trust.
MARK POTTER Berhampore School principal and ardent inclusive education advocate.
~ Environment ~
in association with Green Cabs
BERNADETTE CASEY creator of the groundbreaking Textile Reuse Programme at The Formary.
BEN GLEISNER economist, environmentalist, social entrepreneur and founder of Conscious Consumers app.
MARTIN PAYNE co-ordinator of Friends of Owhiro Stream, a group tirelessly working to clear a beloved waterway.
LORRAINE SHAAB instrumental in the Petone Beach Clean Up crew of volunteers.
PAUL WARD bringing back the birds through Capital Kiwi and Polhill Protectors.
~ PublicService ~
in association with The Dominion Post
KRISTINE BARTLETT fronting and winning the long-running battle for pay parity for care and support workers.
JUDGE ANDREW BECROFT helping vulnerable young people as Children’s Commissioner.
BRAD OLSEN the young economist turned youth advocate as chair of Wellington City Youth Council.
ADRIAN ORR Reserve Bank Governor and global financial sector leader.
PEKAIRA REI providing educational and cultural support to Whanganui-a-Tara.
~ Science & Technology ~
in association with Hutt City Council
ANNE-GAELLE AUSSEIL global ecosystem expert at Landcare Research and advisor to several expert panels.
TROY DOUGHERTY advancing composites as chief technology officer at
GAVIN PAINTER harnessing the body’s own immune system to treat cancer or chronic infections.
CHRIS SUTTON distinguished scientist and world-renowned metrology expert developing the new Kibble balance instrument.
~ Sport ~
in association with Porirua City Council
JOEL EVANS Black Sox helping to bring home national and international softball titles and to claim NZ's 7th world title.
DANIEL HILLIER making his mark as New Zealand’s top-ranked amateur golfer placed 19th in the world.
KAYLA IMRIE succeeding on the canoe sprint world stage and making “history” in the women’s K4 at the Rio Olympics.
AMELIA KERR super talented young WhiteFern blitzes world cricket ODI batting record and a career-best bowling figure of 5-17.
TJ PERENARA notching up milestones: 100 games for the Hurricanes and 50 for the ABs.
~ Youth ~
in association with Massey University
LIBERATO CACACE young footballer debuting for Wellington Phoenix and All Whites while still at St Pats College.
LEWIS CLAREBURT swimmer taking a Bronze at the Commonwealth Games was just one part of a top year in the pool.
ELLIOT GONZALES community builder with a can-do attitude bringing Kung Fu to Karori.
EVA McGAULEY cancer patient backs victims of sexual violence helping raise over $70,000.
THOMASIN HARCOURT McKENZIE Actress (still in Year 13) wowing audiences worldwide and creating Oscar Buzz in Leave No Trace.