These awards have been developed to recognise and celebrate the bright stars who volunteer in the play, active recreation and sport space in Te Tai Tokerau. Volunteers are often the heart and backbone of making play, active recreation and sport happen and this is an opportunity to recognise them for their community service.

Nominations for the Awards are due by 31 May 2022. All nominations must be completed online.


The award recognises no one ‘winner’ and is more of an opportunity for people/groups/organisations to recognise those bright stars who volunteer and contribute so much to the play, active recreation and sport space. Whether they are a coach, committee member, caretaker, deliverer, official etc. if they are one of those people who is a bright star in your club/organisation/group that deserves recognition then this opportunity is a great way to say ‘thanks’ and let everyone know about all the great work they do.

Nominations should highlight how long they have been volunteering, what they have contributed and any other details about them that makes them special.

Nominators of Award will need to answer:

  • How long has the person been involved in their role/s? (This could be over a number of roles. Example 1: Started as a coach in 2010, got involved as team manager from 2012-2015, was a committee member from 2017 – 2021 or Example 2: Began as walking group member 2018, became the leader in 2020, now sets all the walks, maintains the website, does the promotion etc).
  • At what level/s have they been involved? E.g. committee member, track builder, play advocate, coach, grounds person, all-around do it person for the organisation, etc.
  • What have they contributed? (if you can provide it over a timeline this will be helpful)
  • Any other relevant and helpful information about the person that helps build a picture of why they deserve to be recognised (testimonies, articles, videos etc are all welcome to support the nomination)

Who Can Be Nominated?

Anyone who volunteers in the play, active recreation or sport sector.


The person must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for recognition:

  • The person must live in Northland
  • They must be a volunteer
  • The person should have made a contribution that has been significant/impactful over their time volunteering in their role/roles
  • There is no minimum time for volunteering, as long as their contribution has been impactful.

Other relevant information:

  • The period for nomination is up to 24 May 2022, with applications closing on 25 May 2022.
  • Nominations will be filtered into 10 years + volunteering, and less than 10 years.

How will they be recognised?

Sport Northland will be recognising award recipients online in a specific online event. Each recipient will have their picture and contribution profiled to recognise their award. In some cases, there may be a recognition event that the recipient may be presented their award.

The awards will be held on Wednesday 22 June, 8 pm on the Sport Northland Facebook page. More details to come.

Nomination Information

Nominations are now closed.

Supporting Material

If you have any supporting material for this nomination e.g. photos, media articles, video, testimonials, feedback etc., please submit it with the nomination form or send it to:

Lesley Wallace, Far North Community Connector –

Cheryl Smith, Mid North Community Connector –

Roxanne Kelly, Kaipara Community Connector –

Janine Moy, System Lead (Whangarei) –

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