Monday, February 26, 2024

Wellington honours community spirit

Ekta NZ has been named Wellington City Supreme Award Winner at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

The annual awards recognise the contribution of voluntary and not-for-profit organisations in Wellington by acknowledging their mahi and how they make a difference in the communities across the arts, heritage, and environment.

Ekta NZ is a not-for-profit group aiming to build an inclusive Aotearoa that unites people, supports vulnerable communities, and enables people to engage in everyday activities comfortably.

Some of the services provided by Ekta NZ include an ethnic food bank, food distribution, isolation support, vaccination drives, and annual festive events for the more vulnerable members of our community.

Mayor, Andy Foster says Ekta NZ is the perfect example of what the awards celebrate.

“Ekta is making a real difference, I’ve had the pleasure of joining them on a number of occasions distributing food, winter blankets and clothing. They operate with a spirit of generosity and inclusion, providing support for the most needy in our community,” the Mayor said.

“All the award nominees and category winners deserve the recognition they have received, and we are delighted to showcase their diverse, fabulous contributions on this stage.”

Wellington Airport’s Manager Brand and Sponsorship, Jo Maxwell said the airport was proud to recognise the amazing work of community groups in Wellington City over the previous 12 months.

“Many of these groups don’t always get the recognition they deserve, which is a big reason why we run these awards,” she said.

“Congratulations to all the winners, and best of luck for the Regional Community Awards finals later this year.”

All the Community Awards 2022 winners at ceremony
Community Awards 2022 winners

The winners were selected from over 66 finalists across the categories, with judges considering key factors including impact on the community, innovation and creativity, and effectiveness.

The six category award winners will represent Wellington City at the region wide awards ceremony later in the year.

Full list of winners:

Arts & Culture

Winner – Silver Noodle Soup

Runner Up – Creative Capital Arts Trust- Fringe Festival

Education & Child/Youth Development

Winner – Arohanui Strings

Runner Up – Te Ora Hou

Health & Wellbeing

Winner – Ekta NZ

Runner Up – Samaritans of Wellington

Heritage & Environment

Winner – EkeRua ReBicycle

Runner Up – Ghost Diving

Sport & Leisure

Winner – Coastguard Wellington

Runner Up – Revolve Cycling Club

Rising Star

Winner – Silver Noodle Soup

Runner Up – Capital Theatre Trust

Supreme

Ekta NZ

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