The Wellys 2015, Wednesday 18 November
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THE 2020 DOMINION POST WELLINGTONIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

 

ARTS in association with Wellington City Council 
CAROLYN HENWOOD is a founding member of Circa Theatre, where a breakaway group of actors created an innovative ‘less is more’ theatre model 
FIONA KIDMAN, author of This Mortal Boy, and is one of our most successful and prolific writers and a staunch advocate for Kiwi writers and literature. 
MURRAY LYNCH began his career in dramatic arts in 1973 in Whanganui’s Four Seasons Theatre and has since worked at just about every major theatre in NZ. 
KAREN O’LEARY is an early childhood teacher and actress, most known for her comedic role as “a bumbling police officer” in Wellington Paranormal. 
JO RANDERSON during an award-winning career, co-founded the theatre group Trouble and her own theatre company, Barbarian Productions. She pioneers the field of participation and interactive projects. 
VICTOR RODGER is an award-winning playwright whose works deal with race, racism, identity and issues confronting Pacific peoples and the gay community. 

 

BUSINESS in association with ANZ
TERRY CARTER is the GM of NZ Tube Mills, exporting high-quality eco trellis’s and beams that have become popular on orchards and vineyards around the globe. 
MALCOLM GILLIES - Upper Hutt property developer, most recently of Brewtown, an ex-tyre factory revamped into a brewery/entertainment complex home to some of our finest craft beers and foods. 
DAVID PERCY is an electrical engineer and CEO of Pertronic Industries, a fire detection system company that has been saving lives for over 35 years. 
BROOKE ROBERTS is a co-founder and chief executive of Sharesies, an accessible online investment platform that aims to create the most financially empowered generation. 
COLLEEN UPTON has been involved in the plumbing and gasfitting industry since the early 1990s and has been an advocate for female representation in the trades. 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE   in association with RayGun
BIDDY HARFORD has been working at Te Omanga Hospice since 1988, starting in the administration team now CEO. She also served as chairman of Hospice NZ. 
JONATHAN MOSEN strives to give disabled people “greater control of our own destiny”. He is CEO of Workbridge, Aotearoa’s largest free employment service for disabled people. 
GABRIEL TUPOU is the district commander of the Maori Wardens, those of whom hold special legal powers and work alongside police to reduce harm in the community. 
INGE WOOLF was the founding director of the Holocaust Centre of NZ, is still a driving force inspiring and empowering action against antisemitism, discrimination and apathy through education and remembrance. Inge is a holocaust survivor. 
KIM WORKMAN is a justice reform advocate, researcher and writer, who was knighted for his services to prisoner welfare and the justice systems. 

 

EDUCATION in association with Sharesies 
SALLY BARRETT has devoted over 50 years to education and has been recognised with a QSM for her work with special needs children. 
SUE CHETWIN was the CEO of Consumer NZ for over 13 years, where she campaigned for many significant consumer law reforms. 
MOHAMMAD HILAL established the Arabic School of NZ, which provides free tuition and a venue for children to make friends and maintain a connection to their culture and language. 
BERNARD HICKEY is a leading financial journalist and economist. He is the managing editor of Newsroom Pro and a regular commentator on financial, economic and investment issues. 
BEV LAWTON is the founding director of the Centre for Women’s Health Research at VUW. Her research on children’s and women’s health has influenced change in policy in NZ and beyond. 

 

ENVIRONMENT in association with Upper Hutt City Council
JIM KEBBELL & MARION WOOD are staunch advocates for organic and regenerative agriculture and thus founded Commonsense Organics, a leading example of sustainable small business in Aotearoa. 
DAVE LOWE is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist and one of the first people (50 years ago) to find measurable proof that Earth’s changing atmosphere and warming climate is being caused by humans. His new book "The Alarmist" will describe his undaunted journey. 
MARNIE PRICKETT is the spokesperson for Choose Clean Water, which aims to strengthen Aotearoa’s freshwater policy for the good of the environment, people, and wildlife. 
BRONWEN SHEPHERD is the community manager, lead adviser and researcher for the critically endangered snail - potamopyrgus oppidanus - at Te Ahumairangi Ecological Restoration Group. 

 

PUBLIC SERVICE in association with Meredith Connell
ASHLEY BLOOMFIELD is the director-general of health and CEO of the Ministry of Health, praised for his calm and collected manner when addressing the public at press conferences regarding Covid-19. 
JILL DAY is a councillor, advocating for children, young people, Maori and Wellington’s most vulnerable. She has led the adoption of a policy to make Wellington a te reo Maori city by 2040. 
CHRIS HIPKINS juggles numerous duties in government. He is a member of parliament for Remutaka, Covid-19 response minister, minister of education, minister for the public service, and leader of the house. 
BRENDA PILOTT has advocated at the national level for pay equity for women and social services sector workers, recognition of domestic violence, and better resourcing for public services. 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY in association with Hutt City Council
MICHAEL BAKER is a public health physician and professor of Public Health at Otago University. His most notable publications focus on infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing. 
ROSS BELL recently became Manager of Public Health Capability for the Ministry of Health. He has dedicated his career to reducing drug harm through a compassionate, evidence-based approach. 
JOEP DE LIGT is a scientist at ESR Porirua, aiding national and global efforts to understand Covid-19 by performing genome sequencing. 
ANTONY DIXON is CEO at PaperKite, the digital agency behind contact tracing app Rippl, which has helped pinpoint sources of the virus and reduce the spread. 

 

SPORT in association with Porirua City Council
NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA plays as a prop for the Kiwis and Melbourne Storm in the NRL, where he has won 2 Grand Finals and four Minor Premierships. 
LIBERATO CACACE is a fullback for Sint-Truiden in the Belgian First Division and the All Whites. He won A-League Young Player of the Year 2018-19 with the Wellington Phoenix. 
DEVON CONWAY is a left-hand batsman for the Black Caps and Wellington Firebirds. He moved from South Africa to Wellington at 25 to pursue a career in Aotearoa. 
SOPHIE DEVINE is an all-rounder for the Wellington Blaze, Perth Scorchers and White Ferns (since 17). She has scored 2570 runs and taken 72 wickets in 105 ODI’s. 
AMELIARANNE EKENASIO is a goal attack for the Silver Ferns and was a key part of the squad that won the INF Netball World Cup in England in 2019. 

 

YOUTH (under 25)  in association with Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
MADDY GORDON is a young professional netballer who plays for Central Pulse and has been selected for the Silver Ferns squad. Shifting to wing attack, she is a regular starter for the Pulse. 
KAHU KUTIA is a writer, activist and multimedia storyteller, producing stories about te ao Maori, LGBTQ, environmental, restorative justice and youth issues. She also hosts RNZ’s He Kakano Ahau. 
BRAD OLSEN is a senior economist and director at Infometrics. He is one of Aotearoa’s youngest, more prominent, economic commentators as well as the youngest serving JP. 
TAMATHA PAUL is a WCC councillor and activist. She was the first wahine Maori President of the VUW Students Association, focusing on rental, city safety and mental health issues. 
KII SMALL is a deputy registrar at the Ministry of Justice and co-founder/director of Mapmo, providing a platform that removes the barriers around the mental health conversation. 
 
 
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