Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards 2024

Volunteer Wellington celebrates volunteers each year at the time of the Mahi Aroha Awards during national volunteer week Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu in June.

The Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards are open to any individual, community organisation or employer - you don’t have to be a Volunteer Wellington member to be nominated or to nominate!

Mitre10 MEGA Volunteer of the Year Award

We are looking for a unique individual who makes a special contribution as a volunteer.

LEAD Governance Team Award

Nominate your board for making a difference in a tangible way to your organisation.

Employee Volunteering Team Award

We are looking for an employer (government or corporate) demonstrating commitment to community engagement.

Important Dates

2nd April 2024 Nominations open

10th May 2024 Nominations close at midnight

20th June 2024 Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards evening

Download a poster promoting the Mahi Aroha Awards here

Volunteer Wellington hosts the annual Mahi Aroha Awards to recognise and celebrate volunteers and volunteering in our community.

Why nominate?

  • Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the contribution and achievements of outstanding volunteers.
  • Nominating someone is a special way to acknowledge and thank a volunteer who has made a difference to your organisation.

Who can make a nomination?

  • Anyone can nominate a volunteer, community organisation board/committee or business in the Wellington area. It is not necessary to be a Volunteer Wellington member to be a nominator or a nominee.
  • You can nominate your own organisation or community group board.
  • Individuals need to be nominated by the community group they volunteer with or other members of the public.
  • Volunteers with Volunteer Wellington are not eligible to be nominated for their mahi with Volunteer Wellington.

Is there a cost to enter the awards?
There is no cost to make a nomination or to attend the Volunteer Wellington Mahi Aroha Awards.

What areas are included in the Wellington area?
The awards are to celebrate volunteering in the areas that Volunteer Wellington operates in – Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua and Wellington cities.

When are entries due?
Nominations open on 2nd April 2024 and close on 10th May 2024

How do you submit a nomination?
The nomination forms are online and available to complete now. Closing date for nominations is 10th May 2024. A few tips when using the online forms:

  • You can make as many nominations as you like in each of the three categories.
  • If you are nominating several people or organisations please complete a separate form for each nomination.
  • When nominating your board or committee – just one form can be used.
  • Please provide as much information as possible and answer every question.
  • Save the text you have entered by pressing the button at the bottom of the edit screen.
  • You can save your nomination form at any stage and return to it. To do that please use the Save the link button so you can return to your saved form at a later date.
  • Any supporting material submitted will not be returned.
  • Double check the nomination before pressing the submit button. Once submitted you cannot make any changes to the nomination.
  • Nominations must be typed – please do not use any formatting or coloured text as this will be removed by the system.

How will the judging be done?

  • Judging will be conducted by an independent panel of representatives from the community, fundraising and business sectors. The judges’ decision will be final, with no correspondence entered into.
  • Nominees will be judged on their voluntary work within the nominating organisation and the wider community. These services must be provided voluntarily without expecting any personal or financial gain.
  • Please be sure to submit your nomination and provide any supporting information prior to the closing date 10th May 2024. No additional information will be accepted once the nomination is submitted.