Volunteer groups and individuals gathered in the Council Chambers last night for the annual Kāpiti Coast Civic and Community Awards.
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says the awards recognise and celebrate the people who make Kāpiti a great place to live.
“All year round these people work tirelessly to elevate, support and throw their arms around their communities through volunteerism on so many different levels and in so many different ways. We are very fortunate to have so many incredible people in our community.
“It’s an honour to host these awards on behalf of the Kāpiti Coast Community, Wellington Airport and Wellington Community Trust.”
Mayor K Gurunathan presented the Civic Awards. Six groups received a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award and six more groups were acknowledged as highly commended.
The Civic Awards recognise those who have contributed to the community through hard work or who have exceptional achievements as individuals in their chosen field. Sue Lusk, Peter Handford, Angelo Robinson, and Rosanne Litchford received this year’s Civic Awards. Joanne Dacombe and Fernando Figueroa were recipients of the Mayoral Awards.
The Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards focus on volunteer groups in the categories of Heritage & Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Arts & Culture, Sports & Leisure, Education & Child/Youth Development, and Rising Star. Winners and those highly commended in these awards were:
Heritage & Environment
Winner: Waikanae Estuary Care Group
Highly commended: Kapiti Coast Museum
Health & Wellbeing
Winner: Otaki Skill Sharing Group
Highly commended: Kapiti Community Foodbank Inc.
Sports & Leisure
Winner: Hoop Club Kapiti
Highly commended: Kapiti Boxing Club
Education & Child/Youth Development
Winner: Paekakariki Potty Potters
Highly commended: The Independence Collective
Arts & Culture
Winner: Ōtaki Promotions Group
Highly commended: Kapiti Senior Singers
Winner: Māoriland Charitable Trust for M.A.T.C.H. Māoriland Tech Creative Hub
Highly commended: Waikanae Scout Group