2016 Attitude Award finalists announced

Ryan Boyd
2016 Attitude Award finalists announced

After a record number of nominations and a rigorous judging process, the 24 finalists in the 2016 Attitude Awards have now been chosen.   

Now in their 9th year, the 2016 Attitude Awards will be held in Auckland on 29 November, celebrating achievements in the disability sector.

There are eight categories, with some new awards this year: Youth Spirit, Emerging Athlete, Sporting Spirit, Entrepreneur, Making a Difference, Spirit of Attitude, Artistic Achievement and Employer Award. The overall winner of the Attitude ACC Supreme Award is selected from the category winners and a People’s Choice Award voted by the public.

A Hall of Fame inductee is also announced on the night.

The Attitude Entrepreneur Award is one of the new awards for 2016 and is sponsored by Westpac.  The award celebrates a person with a disability who has developed their own business or social enterprise.

Sue Foley, Westpac NZ’s Director Corporate Affairs says Westpac is incredibly proud to support the Attitude Awards and the Entrepreneur category.

“This category recognises truly inspirational businessmen and women who absolutely epitomise our Kiwi values – a ‘can do’ attitude, the tenacity and passion to reach for their goals and the ability to think outside the square to achieve success," she says.


2016 Attitude Awards finalists

Attitude Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by Westpac

Genevieve McLachlan – Wellington

Bryce Dineen – Tauranga

John Burton – Auckland

Attitude Entrepreneur Award

Attitude Entrepreneur Award finalists, Genevieve McLachlan, Bryce Dineen, John Burton


Attitude Youth Spirit Award – sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson

Holly Diepraam – Christchurch

Madison Davy – Stratford

Eilish Wilkes – Auckland


Attitude Making a Difference Award – sponsored by Ministry of Health

Wendy Duff – Auckland

Hamish Taverner – Palmerston North

Debra Lampshire – Auckland


Attitude Emerging Athlete Award – sponsored by Manawanui inCharge

Chris Arbuthnott – Palmerston North

Tupou Seini Neiufi – Auckland

Guy Harrison – Napier


Attitude Sporting Spirit

Graeme Porter – Nelson

Grant McKenzie – Otautau

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games – New Zealand Basketball Team


The Spirit of Attitude Award – sponsored by Drake-Medox

Cayley Rae Colyer – Auckland

Nikki Reynolds-Wilson & Kristie Purton (Cystic Sisters) – Tauranga

Ese Aumalesulu – Auckland


Attitude Artistic Achievement Award – sponsored by KPMG

James King – Auckland

Rodney Bell – Te Kuiti

Steff Green – Auckland


ACC Employer Award – sponsored by ACC

Genera Ltd – Napier

Lifemark (Lifetime Designs) Ltd – Auckland

Coffee Educators Ltd – Wellington


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