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2nd Annual Wellingtonists Awards - all 20 categories


Voting opens Monday - I'll let you know where and how as soon as the doors open.

And reserve the Awards Gala night (Thursday, 16th December - Facebook | Google Calendar) in your diaries as it's gonna be a spectacular party with - oops, can't tell you until the press release is out ... watch this space!

The 20 award categories and nominees are listed here in a random order; click through to read a write-up about each, details about the nominee with links, map locations and oh so much more.

Best cultural venue

  • The Film Archive
  • TheNewDowse
  • Moore Wilson's
  • "Outside"
  • The Paramount
Best apparel store
  • Dandylion
  • Good as Gold
  • House of Hank + Wellington Hatters
  • Madame Fancy Pants
  • Mandatory
  • Ziggurat
Best UnCheap Eats
  • Martin Bosley's
  • Trade Kitchen
  • Matterhorn
  • Capitol
Best Breakfast
  • Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
  • Scopa
  • Matterhorn
  • Roxy Cafe
  • Epic
Best public space
  • Midland Park
  • Cuba Mall
  • Oriental Bay
  • Waitangi Park
  • The Botanic Gardens
Best Cheap Eats
  • Sweet Mother's Kitchen
  • Off-Beat Originals
  • Satay Kingdom
  • K.C. Café
  • Chocolate Frog
Wellingtonian of the year
  • Remiro Bresolin
  • Jerry Collins and Tana Umanga
  • Terry Serepisos for the Phoenix
  • Jemaine and Bret aka. Flight of the Conchords
  • Mike Brown
Best Non-Drinking Venue
  • The Chocolate Fish
  • Tour of Parliament
  • City Gallery
  • That tree at the top of the cable car
  • Wellington waterfront on a sunny week day
Hottest Hospo of the Year
  • Enzo from Scopa
  • Keyz from Southern Cross Electric Quiz
  • The staff at Mighty Mighty
  • Jonny at Hawthorn
  • Nicola at Wineseeker
  • Jesse at the Maranui Surf Cafe
Best Suburban Venue
  • Elements – Lyall Bay
  • TheNewDowse – The Hutt
  • Mediterranean Food Warehouse – Newtown
  • Karori Wildlife Sanctuary – Karori
  • Scorching Bay
Best 2007 Wellington-based Event
  • Craft 2.0
  • Cuba St Carnival
  • Wellingtonista Bowling and Quiz Leagues
  • The Great Blends
  • Camp ALowHum
Most Needed
  • A tiki bar
  • Light rail to the airport
  • Muji
  • A 24 hour diner
  • Wagamama
Best Building
  • New Meridian head office (Kumutoto)
  • The Department of Conservation Building on Manners St
  • Te Puni Kōkiri House
  • Wellington Central Library
  • "Boathouse" apartments and atrium at Chaffers Dock
Wellington Supervillain of the Year
  • Terry Serepisos for the buildings
  • John McGrath
  • Everyone at UNO magazine
  • Kerry Prenderghastly
  • Rex Nicholls
Best Dub Dub Dubber
  • "Cracker" - Damien Christie
  • "The Dropkicks" - the Dropkicks
  • "Coffee Geek" - Brenda Wallace
  • "Read/Write Web" - Richard MacManus
  • "Lively" - NZLive
Best Coffee Beans
  • Ripe
  • Havana
  • Mojo
  • Peoples coffee
  • Supreme
Best Public Art
  • Sky Blues [in Post Office Square]
  • Graffiti in the alley off Left Bank
  • The installations along the way to the Airport
  • Invisible City [The braille sculpture on Lambton Quay]
  • Protoplasm (The "Pebbles" Wind Sculpture outside the Old Bank)
Best Shop nominations
  • Wanda Harland
  • Eyeball Kicks
  • Wineseeker
  • PopUp
  • Unity Books
Best Late-Night Venue nominations
  • Hawthorn Lounge
  • Sandwiches
  • San Francisco Bathhouse
  • Mighty Mighty
  • Havana
Best drink nominations
  • Maitai (in a pineapple if possible) at Imbibe
  • Poached Pear Punch at Superfino
  • Negroni at Hawthorn Lounge
  • Another Martini at Capitol
  • Chimay Bleue at Leuven

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