Philanthropy New Zealand Awards 2017

Three New Zealanders were recognised for their dedication to making a positive difference in Aotearoa at the inaugural Philanthropy New Zealand Awards in Wellington on 11 May, 2017.

Philanthropy New Zealand Awards 2017

Tony Paine (CE, PNZ), Gary Diprose, Lani Evans, Jennifer Gill and Sandra Kai Fong (Chair, PNZ)

The Awards, which will take place every year, were established to recognise and celebrate people and projects within the philanthropic sector and all they do to help make Aotearoa New Zealand a better, more generous place.

Philanthropy New Zealand CE Tony Paine who presented the awards says, “As a sector we don’t often get the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the people and projects involved. It is heartening to be reminded of the positive impact that grantmakers and philanthropists have on the communities we live in.”

AMP Capital People’s Choice Award
Springboard Community Works, Founder and CEO Gary Diprose
Funded by the Vodafone NZ Foundation
This award recognises a New Zealand individual and a project they have led that has achieved positive change with the support of philanthropic funding. 

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Philanthropy New Zealand Emerging Individual
Lani Evans (Vodafone NZ Foundation, Wellington)
This award recognises those who are in the early stages of their role within the philanthropic sector.

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Perpetual Guardian Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award
Jennifer Gill (Foundation North, Auckland)
This award recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the philanthropic sector with lasting impact.

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The very worthy finalists were:

AMP Capital People’s Choice Award

Cultivate Christchurch
Co-founders Bailey Peryman and Fiona Stewart

Mokoia Community Association—Eastside Community Collective
Manager Leigh Richards-Ward

Tiakina ō Tātou Tamariki— Keeping Our Kids Safe
Project Manager Manu Caddie

Queenstown Trail Network
Project Manager Kaye Parker

Philanthropy New Zealand Emerging Individual

Julia Capon
Leonard Gardner

Perpetual Guardian Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award

Sir Eion Edgar
William Holland