Charles Rooking Carter Awards

Last updated: 01 May, 2024 10:55am


About the Awards

Let’s set the scene. Imagine a snow filled secluded valley surrounded by trees and mountains. You arrive from a busy winter’s day to the welcoming, warming and cosy Charles Rooking Carter ski chalet where you have been invited to celebrate the Carterton community with hearty winter fare; lots of laughter and stories.

The perfect place to shake off the winter and share with your family and friends.

The Carterton District Council’s Charles Rooking Carter Awards is a triennial awards ceremony to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the volunteer work, business innovation and achievements of members within our community. Nominees in every category must have carried out their contributions in Carterton.

The Awards night is 22nd June.


About Charles Rooking Carter

Charles Rooking 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 148 Charles Rooking Carter Community awards have been given to people who generously provide time, passion, and commitment to making Carterton a caring and thriving place to live.

Award categories

  • Volunteer Service Award – recognises the important role of volunteers whose service positively impacts the Carterton Community. Could go to either an individual or group.
  • 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.
  • Business Award – rewarding a business which has demonstrated exceptional commitment, excellence, and innovation in creating a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Environmental & Sustainability Award – recognising an individual, organisation or project making an outstanding contribution to improving Carterton’s environment and sustainability.
  • 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.