Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Outdoors Awards Celebrates Outstanding Outdoors Community

Outdoors New Zealand Media Release

Wednesday 17 October 2012

The Outdoors Awards 2012 Celebrates Outstanding Outdoors Community

It is the outdoors event of the year, yet it is held indoors. For one night a year, the champions of New Zealand's great outdoors get to shine. If you are anybody in the outdoors, you are at The Outdoors Awards. Hosted by Outdoors New Zealand, the peak organisation providing leadership and support to the outdoors community. This year the prestigious event was held on 12 October at the Mac’s Function Centre. Emceed by Outdoors New Zealand Chair Alex Brunt and co-hosted by nine-time Coast to Coast winner Steve Gurney who entertained the audience with stories of his outdoors exploits. The evenings highest accolade, the Sport NZ Supreme Award for dedication, commitment and signi"cant contribution to outdoor recreation, outdoor education and adventure tourism in New Zealand went to Stu Allan.

“Looking around the room, I can see people who deserve this award more than me,” Stu said, “But I’m very humbled and honoured to be getting the Supreme Award.”

Stu has decades of experience in outdoor recreation and is currently in his fortieth year as a member of the NZ Alpine Club. He has played a major role in the New Zealand outdoors as a climber and administrator for many years. He has a long list of "rst ascents and has been active in encouraging others to climb, to explore and to enjoy the great outdoors.

Stu has featured in the establishment of many important developments in the outdoors, including taking an early and often controversial - but ultimately wise - personal interest in outdoors safety. He was the "rst outdoor education trainer for the Ministry of Education, a Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre (SEHOPC) instructor and director, leader of the NZ/US Antarctic survival programme, a founding member of the Register of Outdoor Safety Auditors and the inaugural Chair of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Recreation Council.

His dedication to the outdoors is made clear by his appearance over the decades at the leading edge of many seminal developments in professionalism and enhancements in outdoor recreation safety and participation.

Steve Gurney enthralled the audience as he recounted his days adventure racing, with an amusing anecdote about using an emergency #are to cook his team’s meal as they suffered from hypothermia.

Other winners include the Waiheke Walking Festival, which won the Event Award, and Harris Mountains Heli-Ski, which won the Adventure Tourism Award. These awards were introduced this year to recognise the signi"cant contribution adventure tourism makes to the outdoors.

Waiheke Walking Festival organiser and founder, Jenness Reeve, said winning the Event Award was absolutely thrilling.

“To have an award from Outdoors New Zealand really validates all the hard work that goes into this event. It’s a real measure of how well-rounded our approach is to creating this event.”

Harris Mountains Heli-Ski chief guide, Dean Staples, said winning the "rst Adventure Tourism Award was something special.

“Our name will always be there on the plaque as the "rst organisation - it feels great!” “What stood out for me was that Harris Mountains Heli-Ski is a small part of the bigger Totally Tourism/Skyline Enterprises group, so winning the award shows that we are quite a professional company and that we take things seriously.”

Next year’s Outdoors Awards will be held at The World Outdoors Summit in Rotorua in November. INFO BOX:

The Outdoors Awards 2012 Winners:

Stu Allan - Supreme Award (sponsored by Sport NZ)

Bigfoot Adventures - Organisation Award (sponsored by Outdoors New Zealand)

Waiheke Walking Festival - Event Award (sponsored by Outdoors New Zealand)

Harris Mountains Heli-Ski - Adventure Tourism Award (sponsored by Outdoors New Zealand)

Nigel Seebeck – Volunteer Award (sponsored by NZ Mountain Safety Council)

Sophia Mulder - Emerging Instructor Award (sponsored by NZ Outdoor Instructors Association)

St Cuthbert’s College - Kahunui - Environmental Leadership Award (sponsored by Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre)

Matahui Road School - Education Programme Award (sponsored by Education Outdoors NZ)

Hillcrest High School - Education Programme Special Merit Award (sponsored by Education Outdoors NZ)

NZ Mountain Safety Council Firearms Safety Training Programme - Education Programme Special Merit Award (sponsored by Education Outdoors NZ)


The Outdoors Awards is held alongside The Outdoors Forum, a conference for the outdoor recreation, outdoor education and adventure tourism community.

--

www.outdoorsnz.org.nz

Follow us on Twitter: outdoorsnz_nz
Like us on Facebook: Outdoors New Zealand


Dean_Staples_Harris_Mountain_HeliSki_Adventure_Tourism_Award

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news