The Wellys – Wellingtonian Of The Year Awards 2011

Last night, at the Amora Hotel, Father Des Britten was announced as the Wellingtonian of the Year for 2011. Father Des Britten retired in July after being at the helm of the Wellington City Mission for 18 years. He took over the mission in 1994 and ever since has fed hundreds of people a week, while boosting staff numbers from 7 to 30.

While there can only be one Wellingtonian of the Year special mention must go to those who took out the top award in each of the 9 categories.

The Honours List


in association with Jackson Stone

2011 Winner: Sir Graeme Harrison

Graeme Harrison built a billion dollar business – Anzco Foods – from nothing in 1984. Today Anzco employs 3,000 people, has assets of over $500 million and revenue of $1.2 billion.



in association with Massey University

2011 Winner – Henare Mihaere

Henare Mihaere is Musical Director of the St Patrick’s College Chorus, doing well at the International Youth Chorus Contest in Las Vegas and is national Youth Coordinator for the New Zealand Association of Barbershop Singers.



in association with Hawkins Construction

2011 Winner – Conrad Smith

Conrad was unable to attend the award ceremony as he was taking a well deserved break after doing a great job at centre for the All Blacks. He is also a Wellington lawyer and plays for the two Wellington rugby teams the Hurricanes and the Wellington Lions.

James Te Puni (right) accepts on Conrad’s behalf. Here with Matt Wilton from Hawkins Construction.



in association with Opus International

2011 Winner: Lisa Argilla

Lisa Argilla is the Manager of Veterinary Science at Wellington Zoo. She’s a keen advocate for the Zoo’s animals and is probably best known for nursing Happy Feet back to health (and then pushing him into the ocean). Here with Bruce Curtain from Opus.



in association with Wellington Airport

2011 Winner: Father Des Britten

Des Britten recently retired as Wellington City Missioner after 18 years of extending a helping hand and providing sustenance, both physical and spiritual, to those in need.



in association with Hutt City Council

2011 Winner: Graham Le Gros

Professor Graham Le Gros (right), Director of the Malaghan Institute, is a leading researcher in the field of immunology. He’s spent more than 25 years investigating the nitty gritty of asthma, allergies and parasitic diseases. Here with Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace.



in association with Wellington City Council

2011 Winner: Prue Kelly

Prue Kelly is retiring from her job as principal of Wellington High School, after 17 years. Her compassionate, no-nonsense approach to education and young people has won her many admirers as as many awards. Here with Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.



in association with The Wellington Company

2011 Winner: Suzie Moncrieff

Suzie Moncrieff has taken a great idea to an even greater cultural phenomenon. The Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards has been wowing the socks off Wellingtonians and visitors since 2005 – 50,000 of them this year. Here with Ian Cassels from The Wellington Company.



in association with Westpac

2011 Winner: Jim Stuart-Black

Jim Stuart-Black is the New Zealand Fire Service’s National Manager for Special Operations, who ran the recent search and rescue ops in Christchurch. And if need be, he’s ready and able to do it all again, anywhere.