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 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