Finalists for the Charles Rooking Carter Community Awards 2024 have been announced ahead of the gala event on Saturday 22 June.

The Awards recognise people who generously provide time, passion, and commitment to making Carterton a caring and thriving place to live.

Seven awards will be presented: Volunteer Service Award – Group, Volunteer Service Award – Individual, Entrepreneurship Award, Business Award, Environmental & Sustainability Award, Youth Award, and the Supreme Award.

“We are so fortunate to have so many passionate and caring locals here who make our District a welcoming and vibrant community where we all enjoy living,” said Glenda Seville, Community Services and Facilities Manager at Carterton District Council.

“The Awards present the perfect opportunity to recognise Carterton people, businesses, and organisations who give their time and energy to keep our place thriving.”

The Awards are named after Charles Rooking Carter. Carter was a strong advocate for Wairarapa settlers and was instrumental in developing many public services in Carterton including the library, an astronomical observatory, cemetery, post office, courthouse, and police station.

His most notable gifts to the town were the Carter Home for aged men, now known as Carter Court, and the Carter Reserve, an area of native bushland.

To date, over 145 Charles Rooking Carter Community awards have been presented.

The event begins at 6pm at Carterton Events Centre.

Tickets are still available from the Carterton Events Centre, or you can buy online from the website,


Awards Categories and Finalists

Carterton Event Centre Volunteer Service Award – Group

Recognises the important role of volunteers whose service positively impacts the Carterton Community.

  • Carterton District Historical Society
  • Carterton Food Bank
  • Keep Carterton Beautiful Group
  • Lions Club of Carterton
  • Wairarapa Word


Carterton Event Centre Volunteer Service Award – Individual

Recognises the important role of volunteers whose service positively impacts the Carterton Community.

  • Barbara Gladding
  • Barry Pragnell
  • Cimone Grayson
  • Karen Chalmers
  • Ronny Tankersley


WCM Legal Entrepreneurship Award

Recognising an individual, organisation or project which is trying something new and innovative to solve a problem that is impacting on the Carterton District.

  • A Very Carterton Christmas
  • Gain Momentum
  • In the Barn – Kayne Thomson
  • Little Africa


Bay Irrigation Business Award

Rewarding a business which has demonstrated exceptional commitment, excellence, and innovation in creating a positive and supportive work environment.

  • Clareville Bakery
  • Go Zone
  • Pool Construction
  • Strength Nation Ltd
  • Wairarapa Osteopathy


Youth2Work Youth Award

Recognises and celebrates the passion, success, and commitment of rangatahi (aged 12 to 24 years), who are leading change, innovating and creating solutions.

  • Chorys Namana
  • Jack Campbell
  • Jessie Fryer
  • Josephine Kumeroa
  • Molly O’Dwyer


More FM Wairarapa Environmental & Sustainability Award

Recognising an individual, organisation or project making an outstanding contribution to improving Carterton’s environment and sustainability.

  • Divine River
  • Nelly Kendall-Carpenter
  • Parkvale Catchment Group
  • South Wairarapa Vets


Carterton District Council Supreme Award

The overall Supreme Award is chosen from our category winners by our Mayor, the Hon. Ron Mark.