Charles Rooking Carter Awards

Last updated: 17 Feb, 2021 11:36am

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Nominations for the 2021 Charles Rooking Carter Awards are now open.

This biennial Awards Night is Carterton’s chance to celebrate all the amazing individuals, groups and businesses achievements of our ever growing district.

Covid put a hold on the awards being held this year, so last years nominators have been contacted and have had the opportunity to continue with their nomination, or update their application with further details.

The categories are:

Voluntary Community Services Award to recognise and individual or organisation that has carried out meritorious voluntary community service.

Civic Award an award to recognise an individual for their outstanding and innovative service to others in the community over a significant period of time.

Boosting Business Award to recognise a business that demonstrates growth, innovation and creativity.

Youth Award  to acknowledge the outstanding contribution by young people (under 25) living in the Carterton district.

Environmental & Sustainability Award to recognise an individual, organisation or business that has made an outstanding contribution to improving our environment and sustainability.

2021 will see a new format for our awards night.  The Charles Rooking Carter Supreme Award will be picked by a panel of judges from the winners of the award categories.  

The Awards Night is being held on Saturday 19 June at the Carterton Events Centre and is set to be a night of fun, celebration and community spirit.

A huge thank you to our sponsors Carterton Lions, Carterton New World, Gain Momentum & More FM.

Nomination forms are available online here, at the Carterton District Council office, and at the Carterton Events Centre.

For more details please contact the Awards team on



Helen Dew Winner Carterton District Council Charles Rooking Carter Civic Award

Who will you nominate for the 2020 Awards?

Nominations for the 2020 Charles Rooking Carter Awards are now open! For more info, click here

The Charles Rooking Carter Community Awards was created by the Carterton District Council in 1994 to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding volunteer work, business innovation and achievements of members in the community.

The Awards are named after Charles Rooking Carter who 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, court-house 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 136 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.


View past winners here

Celebrating Carterton’s coolest people in 2018!

Oh what a night!

The Charles Rooking Carter Awards, were held at the Carterton Events Centre on Friday 15th June, where the community came together to celebrate Carterton’s coolest people.
Carterton’s Mayor, John Booth, was once again delighted with the high calibre of finalists. “Carterton is consistently punching well above our weight, and the calibre of our finalists proves just how special our little district is.”

Congratulations to all the finalists!

And the Winners are……

Lions Club Carterton – Voluntary Community Services Award
This award is open to any person or organisation who has carried out meritorius voluntary community service.  Deserving voluntary services can fall into one or more of the following areas: social & community, services to sport and recreation, arts and cultural.

Winner – Engelina Hudepohl

Finalists: Lucy Adlam, Boomerang Bags Carterton, Keep Carterton Beautiful Group

Gain Momentum – Achievers Award
For an individual or organisation who has excelled in the sporting, cultural or academic field.

Winner –  Dane Lett

Finalists: St Mary’s School Cricket Team 2017, Resilient Carterton


More FM – Boosting Business Award
To recognise an individual or business/organisation that leads the Carterton community showing growth, innovation, sustainability and creativity, and who encourages and celebrates business excellence.

Winner –  The Clareville Bakery

Finalists: Balter Bar and Kitchen, Three Mile Bush Building Company, Juliet Johnston – Sparky Can Do

Allflex- Young Leader Award

To recognise a young person (under 25 years) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.

Winner – Hayden Tanhersley

Finalists: Juliet Tipler-Clemett, Thomas Laybourn

Carterton New World – Courage and Commitment Award

To recognise the courage and commitment of an individual or organisation eg. fire service, Search and Rescue (SAR) or a local citizen that has faced a significant personal challenge.

Winner – Shona Daube

Finalists: Mike Wakefield

Carterton District Council – Charles Rooking Carter Civic Award

This elite award recognises an individual for their outstanding and innovative service to others in the community over a significant period of time.

Winner – Helen Dew

Finalists: Carol Buchanan, Gordon Knutson, Barbara Durbin

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