Outdoor Awards

The Outdoor Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have been successful in significantly improving outdoor recreation outcomes for participants and clients.

The Awards are an important means of recognising the size and diversity of the outdoor recreation sector and provide an opportunity for outdoor individuals and organisations to be rewarded, recognised and for us to celebrate their contribution. They are also a means of recognising how important outdoor recreation is to the lifestyle of all New Zealanders.

Skills Active Supreme Award

The Skills Active Supreme Award celebrates individuals who have been successful in significantly improving outdoor recreation outcomes for participants and clients. The Award provides an opportunity for outdoor individuals to be rewarded and recognised, and for us to celebrate their contribution. It is also a means of recognising how important outdoor recreation is to the lifestyle of all New Zealanders.

The 2019 Skills Active Supreme Award winner is Liz Penman. Liz we recognised at Skills Active Outdoors Hui in Wellington on Saturday 2 November 2019.

Liz spent the first 10 years of her career in the outdoors teaching PE, Outdoor Ed and Health Ed after having completed her Diploma in Physical Education in 1981 and her Teaching Diploma in 1982.

Over the years she has worked in a number of roles and alongside others in the sector on industry groups and writing outdoor unit standards for the NZQA qualifications framework. Liz was a key contributor to the development of the recently launched high and low ropes qualifications, activities dear to her heart.

Liz has always been keen to share her passion for the outdoors with others, regularly presenting at conferences and at times working in places like Singapore, Korea, Japan, Italy and the US. In 1988 Liz was a founding member of Women Outdoors New Zealand, a group that not only sought to have more women participating in the outdoors, but taking on leadership roles as well.

Liz was heavily involved with creating and bringing Project Adventure to New Zealand back in 1990 and since 1992 she has run her own business, Adventure Works which has become the vehicle for her great loves, adventure based learning and the Project Adventure organisation.

The judges were impressed with the level of contribution that Liz has committed to the outdoor sector for well over 30 years. The immense depth of her experience has seen her working with diverse groups from the education, community and corporate sectors, incorporating adventure-based learning techniques and activities.

2018 Outdoor Awards

Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers and outstanding organisations who were among the award winners at the 2018 Outdoor Awards, held in Auckland on 23 July 2018. The winners were as follows:

• NZAC Outstanding Volunteer Award - Gillian Crombie

• DoC Environmental Leadership Award - Youthtown Envirocamps

• YMCA Outstanding Programme Award - Craftlab

• Visitor Solutions Outstanding Event Award - Cape Fear Youth Adventure Race (winner), 3 Peaks Go-4-12 (highly commended)

• MSC Organisational Excellence Award - Adventure Specialties Trust (winner), Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre (highly commended)

• Skills Active Supreme Award - Fiona McDonald

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