2021 Gala: September 18, Events Centre

There is no doubt the spirit of giving is a force that brings communities together for the common good.  There are literally countless individuals, groups and organisations who give of themselves, their time and their money to help make our community a better place.


This is the Spirit of the Wakatipu: 


Tiaki o Tahuna

To Care for the People and the Place of Queenstown


The Spirit of the Wakatipu Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those individuals, organisations, groups and corporate entities who put their hand up and contribute in a philanthropic way to the Wakatipu community and who hold true to the values that collectively define what is unique about the place we call home.


In recognition of the diverse contributions made by these community heroes we have established 10 Award categories


  • Education

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Sport and Recreation

  • Resilience

  • Senior Citizens

  • Arts and Culture

  • Environment and Sustainability

  • Spirit of the Community

  • Corporate Citizenship

  • Youth Impact

  • Rising Star

  • Social Impact Innovator

2019 Gala and Awards

Photos by Teaukura Moetaua

Wakatipu Community Foundation is a registered charity in New Zealand CC55258.

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Leave Your Local Legacy

When you’re ready, here’s how we can help you:

  • Determine what you most love and care about in your community and showing you how you could support and impact causes that matter to you

  • Providing information on giving strategies

  • Connecting you with local causes, programmes or charities doing good work in your community

  • Tailoring a plan of how you would like your money to be used

  • Simplifying the process by managing all administration, investments and distributing the income – you get to say where your gift goes, which is the best bit!