Awards

Wellington personal trainer judged best in NZ

Wellington’s Ngarama Milner-Olsen was named New Zealand’s best personal trainer at the Exercise NZ awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Ngarama Milner-Olsen (left), New Zealand’s best personal trainer The Exercise Industry Awards have been recognising excellence in the exercise industry since 2005, awarding those contributing to the health and wellness of New Zealanders through exercise …

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Scholarships for acting, costume, set and props awarded at Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari has announced the winners of this year’s Bill Guest and Ruku Ao award scholarships, with many generous donations allowing four awards to be made – the most ever – at last week’s graduation ceremony. Toi Whakaari First‐year Costume student and 2018 Bill Guest Award‐winner, Briony Finnigan, with the man who the award is …

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Wordsmiths take the pith(y) at Plain English awards

Eliminate adjectives. Shorten sentences. Spellcheck. Proofread. Winners kept it short and tight last night as the thirteenth annual Plain English Awards went going, going, gong at City Gallery Wellington. By Mark Cubey “All hail Justin.” The Mayor showed up, as he always does (election 2019 started a few months back). He was introduced by largely …

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Clyde Quay, St Mary’s and Wellington East students win new digital awards

Teams from Clyde Quay School, St Mary’s College and Wellington East Girls College were announced Wellington regional winners of the inaugural Tahi Rua Toru Tech national championship at a ceremony last night. The new digital technology championship launched in April with the backing of the Ministry of Education and is open to all New Zealand …

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PM presents Porirua teacher with inaugural music award

The inaugural Tui award for Music Teacher of the Year was presented last night to Porirua teacher Elizabeth Sneyd at the third annual Artisan Awards, alongside awards for producer, engineer, music video and album cover. The awards for behind-the-scenes achievers are part of the annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and were held at Massey …

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Rita scores trifecta at hospitality awards

Boutique Aro Valley restaurant Rita received three awards at the recent 2018 Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards, as the industry celebrated outstanding hospitality professionals and establishments making a positive impact on Wellington’s café and dining scene. Rita co-owners Kelda Hains (third from left), Paul Schrader (right) and Matt Hawkes (second from right), with the Rita team. …

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Wellington Zoo globally recognised for sustainability

Wellington Zoo, the capital’s oldest conservation organisation, has won the inaugural World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Environmental Sustainability Award. Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield with the WAZA Award The Zoo cemented its pace as a world leader for progressive zoos and aquariums in sustainability when it received the award at the 73rd Annual WAZA Conference …

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Local open source exponents score awards

Wellington companies and individuals working with free and open source software were celebrated at the 2018 New Zealand Open Source Awards at Te Papa last night. Both of the Open Source special awards went to Wellingtonians: Brenda Wallace (above), in appreciation for the breadth and depth of her community commitment and open source contributions; and …

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KM short story award won by WEGC student

Wellington East Girls’ College student Elsie Christoffel was announced winner of the annual Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award at Wednesday night’s award ceremony at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Elsie Christoffel with judge Pip Adam Elsie Christoffel’s story, Letter to Love, is an experimental story of love viewed through an unusual lens and won her the …

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Wellington mathematician awarded Rutherford Medal

The Rutherford Medal, the top award at this year’s Research Honours Aotearoa, was awarded last night to Professor Rod Downey FRSNZ for his revolutionary research into mathematical logic and computer science. Mathematician Rod Downey. Photo by Victoria University of Wellington Research Honours Aotearoa, hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi, celebrated the achievements of New Zealand researchers, scholars …

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Wellington restaurants snap up gongs and hats at Cuisine Good Food Awards

Logan Brown won the Long-Term Player award and Monique Fiso was singled out as Future Food Legend during last night’s 2018 Cuisine Good Food Awards at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. Logan Brown co-owner-head chef Shaun Clouston (right) with chef Alex France. Fourteen Wellington restaurants were awarded either one or two of the coveted Cuisine Good Food …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 16 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. On the occasion of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary …

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