Finalists named in capital's search for finest

20:21, Oct 15 2012
Katrina Grant
Katrina Grant

Movie stars, dames, Silver Ferns and mayors are all among the nominees for The Dominion Post's Wellingtonian of the Year Awards.

The Wellys recognise the people making a difference in the Wellington region each year, across arts, business, government, and other areas.

While well-known people such as comedian Bret McKenzie, Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy, and Silver Fern Katrina Grant have been nominated, the categories are also filled with Wellingtonians doing great things behind the scenes.

Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie

Across nine categories, 34 finalists have been named.

School student Brittany Trilford has been nominated in the Youth category for her impassioned speech on the environment's future at the United Nations' Earth Summit, while conservationist Alex Kettles has been given the nod in the Environment category for his work on Matiu/Somes Island over the last 20 years.

Sose Annandale, principal of Porirua's Russell School, was nominated in the Education category, and the father-daughter team of Graeme and Julie Moore head up the Business nominations for the success of specialist food warehouse Moore Wilson's.

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WAYNE GUPPY
Wayne Guppy

But the Moores are not the only family up for a Welly.

Bret McKenzie is facing off against his mother Deirdre Tarrant in the Arts category. Tarrant has been nominated for her tireless work with Footnote Dance, after retiring from her role as director earlier this year.

Category winners and the 2012 Wellingtonian of the Year will be named on November 22 at the Amora Hotel.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit dompost.co.nz/wellys

Contact Kerry McBride
Metro and Capital Day reporter
Email: kerry.mcbride@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @kerry_mcbride

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