Michael Oakley of Ballooning Canterbury (Hororata Night Glow) and  Cindy Driscoll (Hororata Community Trust) .

Selwyn Award Winners


The biennial Selwyn Awards were held on Saturday August 5th at the Lincoln Event Centre. More than three hundred and thirty people celebrated the success of the region at this event, which also featured a range of entertainment, food and beverages originating from Selwyn. Nearly 2,400 votes were cast for the People’s Choice Award, which was introduced for the first time this year. “It’s great to see the community supporting local people working for the good of Selwyn,” Mayor Sam Broughton said. “We have so many amazing people in Selwyn giving up their time to help others, building thriving businesses which support our district’s economy, and working to improve our environment and community wellbeing,” Sam said. “I am very proud of all the winners, as well as the runners up and nominees, it just shows what a wealth of talent and creativity we have in Selwyn.”

The Environmental Award was awarded to Lesley Barlow and Stephen Clarke. The recently retired visual arts teachers, have taken their passion for the environment and education from the classroom to the community. In 2010 they took over a patch of Council land proposing to return it to its pre-European state. Since taking over the land they have built a nursery, as well as gifting all excess trees to a range of other projects. Springfield’s Bill Woods nominated the pair for this award and he was there to accept it on their behalf. He also made a second nomination for Coalgate resident Philip Shaw but unfortunately it didn’t progress through to the final stages.

Environmental Award:

1: Lesley Barlow &

Stephen Clarke

2: Plastic Straws Suck

3: Matt Stanford & Lou Drage.

The People’s Choice Award was awarded to Youth Worker Courtney Forrest. From 2012 to 2017, he developed the youth programme in Rolleston, to a level which required additional professional youth workers and community volunteers. Courtney is the full time youth worker and team leader for Rolleston School and Rolleston College.

People’s Choice:

1: Courtney Forrest

2: Quickenberry Guest House

3: Busy Bumbles Ltd.

The Tourism Award was awarded to Hororata Night Glow, staged by the Hororata Community Trust and supported by Ballooning Canterbury. Hot air balloons lit up the night sky surrounded by an autumn festival with a diverse range of food, music and entertainment.

Tourism Awards:

1: Hororata Night Glow

2: Quickenberry Guesthouse

3: Taste of Life Tours

Young Achiever Award:

1: Caelan Thomas

2: Ryley Griffiths

Sport Award:

1: Selwyn Sports Trust

2: Belinda Jones

3: Lyndal Marshall

Community Services Award:

1: Chris Allen

2: Robyn Searle

3: Allan Thorne

Arts, Culture & Heritage Award: 1: Church Property Trustees

2: Hororata Community Trust

3: Ellesmere College Whānau Committee

Large Business Award:

1: Eurofins ELS

2: Global Bus Ventures (NZ) Limited

3: Selwyn Kids Limited

Small Business Award:

1: Busy Bumbles Ltd

2: Jones Road Auto

3: Brenna Sincock Hearing

Innovation Excellence Award:

1: Plastic Straws Suck

2:The Lincoln Pantry

3: Recycle Recreate.