The Supreme winner, the 5 category winners and the Rising Star Award for the Wellington region for 2017 have been announced.

Wellington Community Trust provided awards totalling $43,500. Further awards were provided by Wellington Airport.

Supreme winner

Virtuoso Strings

The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust programme provides free instruments, tuition, orchestral training and the opportunity to perform and tour. They create a vibrant environment where the youth of Porirua can thrive, realise their immense musical talent, make lifelong friendships, build an enduring sense of self-worth and have a lot of fun.

WCT Award: $2,500

Virtuoso Strings

Category winners

Health & Wellbeing – Foster Hope Charitable Trust

Foster Hope is a volunteer run charity that supports the more than 1300 children in foster care in Wellington and the Lower North Island. Many children in care arrive with little or no possessions of their own. Foster Hope Wellington make up backpacks containing toiletries and some special extras. These help to ease their way into the new surroundings.

WCT Award: $1,000

Foster Hope

Arts & Culture – Virtuoso Strings

The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust programme provides free instruments, tuition, orchestral training and the opportunity to perform and tour. They create a vibrant environment where the youth of Porirua can thrive, realise their immense musical talent, make lifelong friendships, build an enduring sense of self-worth and have a lot of fun.

WCT Award: $1,000

Virtuoso Strings

Sport & Leisure – Sport Wainuiomata

Sport Wainuiomata’s vision is about ‘uniting our community through sport and recreation’. They create fun experiences people value; engaging whānau and families in sport and recreation.  They do this by delivering tournaments, leagues and one-off events across a range of different sporting and recreation codes. 

WCT Award: $1,000

Sport Wainuiomata

Educational & Child/Youth Development – Youthline Wellington

Youthline has a passionate volunteer team that supports and develops young people through its helpline, education services and development programmes.

WCT Award: $1,000

Youthline Wellington

Heritage & Environment – Rimutaka Forest Park Trust

The Trust’s volunteers come from all walks of life and are committed to the restoration 7000ha of the Rimutaka Forest Park, including pest control, planting trees and monitoring the resident brown kiwi population.

WCT Award: $1,000

Rimutaka Forest Park Trust

Rising Star Award – Coastella

Coastella is a world-class family friendly boutique music festival.

WCT Award: $1,000

Coastella

Honorable Mention – Treaty Times Thirty

The Treaty Times 30 project, celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the NZ Society of Translators and Interpreters. 160 volunteer translators collaborated to translate The Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages plus NZ Sign Language, publishing the translations in a book gifted freely to New Zealanders.

WCT Award: $1,000

Treaty Times Thirty

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Regional winners