The Recreation Awards recognise excellence, innovation, and effectiveness of outstanding activity within the recreation sector as well as the achievement and service of individuals whose commitment and contribution promotes the ongoing development and enhancement of the industry. Please see the bottom of the page for terms and conditions.
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Nominations close 25 August 2023.
This award is for an outstanding project that is the successful development or major redevelopment of a strategy or facility. Facilities can include pools, parks, or recreation facilities.
This award is for an outstanding recreation festival or event. Please clearly state the intended outcome of the event and provide data and evidence on how the outcome was measured.
Outstanding Community Recreation Programme
This award is for an outstanding recreation programme that has operated for a minimum of two years. The programme needs to reflect significant community involvement in the planning and delivery and clearly achieve a community development outcome.
Paul Stuart Memorial Award
This award recognises excellence and outstanding personal contribution to the wider facility management sector.
It was first presented in 1995 and remembers Paul Stuart for his outstanding contribution to the sector.
Mark Mitchell Memorial Trophy
This award recognises excellence and outstanding personal contribution to the wider recreation industry.
It honours the outstanding contribution made by Mark Mitchell to the recreation industry.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By entering these awards, you have an opportunity to showcase what you have been working on, give your communities the opportunity to share their successes with others and convince the powers that be that ongoing commitment to and investment in recreation is both necessary and justified for healthy, engaged, sustainable communities and will help them achieve the wellbeing outcomes sought by Government.
There is no restriction on who can make a nomination. For example they could be from a Council, Regional Sports Trust, community group/Trust, consultant or contractor involved with the initiative. Just make sure it addresses all of the judging criteria, and work on the basis that the judges know nothing about your nominated initiative other than what they read in the nomination, so be clear and concise in your description.
NOTE: The Recreation Aotearoa judging panel reserves the right to change the category the nomination is to be considered under at their discretion.
The individual Recreation Awards recognise excellence, innovation, effectiveness and outstanding activity within the recreation industry by individuals whose commitment and contribution promotes the ongoing development and enhancement of the industry. They are not recognition for a single event or activity, or for contribution over a specific period or simply as part of regular employment.
By nominating an individual for one of these awards you are giving them an opportunity to have their efforts recognised by the whole the industry not just those who have had the opportunity to working with them.
Winners will NOT be notified in advance of the Awards ceremony so please encourage those nominated to attend
All nominations are to be made electronically. No hard copies will be required or accepted.
Nominations will be promoted through social media. Images of all nominations will be displayed at Recreation Conference and the Awards’ dinner and may be displayed on the Recreation Aotearoa website. Winning and highly commended nominations will be displayed on the Recreation Aotearoa website.