This award recognises an employer who provides outstanding recruitment and retention opportunities for people with disabilities. The employer is confident with the integration of workers with disabilities into the workplace and demonstrates an exemplary level of commitment, innovation and support for employees with disabilities. All entries will be shared with ACC.

Axiam Plastics Limited

Sudima Hotels

The Cookie Project


This award recognises an employee who has proven themselves to be a great contributor to the company or organisation they work for. They will have served as an inspiration to other disabled people seeking employment and/or to employers who might be reluctant to employ a person with a disability. Career opportunities available to people with disabilities are often limited by the willingness of employers to support them and their aspirations. The exemplary work ethics of people with disabilities who are currently employed only serve to encourage other employers to recruit from the disability community.

Dave MacCalman

Gavin Rolton

Rebecca Dubber 


Celebrating a person with a disability who has developed his or her own business or social enterprise. This may be a cottage industry or a larger company. We seek to highlight the role that disabled people can play as employees, employers and entrepreneurs.

AJ Pouoa

Bruce 'Pic' Picot

Jezza (Jeremy) Williams


For someone who lives with an intellectual disability and has shown leadership amongst their peers. Leadership comes in many forms: the person may be in a national governance role, or a leader in their community or they've simply led others by drawing attention to the rights of people who live with disability through their personal achievements.

James Wilson

Nigel Cash

Tim Fairhall


To recognise someone with or without a disability who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people with disabilities. This award is aimed at celebrating work that improves the lives of people with disabilities within a community. This may be paid employment or they may work voluntarily but this person must be making outstanding personal efforts beyond their job description or effectively be an unsung hero in their community. The entrant may have given up their time and energy to help other people. They may have influenced policy making at local government level, participated in local action, or otherwise made a difference which has benefited others in their community.


Eric Chuah

Jenn Hooper

Paul Gibson


To be awarded to a Paralympian who has leapt through their own hoops to help shape New Zealanders' attitudes to disability in sport. This award is a look back over the last 10 years of the Paralympic movement in New Zealand, in what has been its most significant period of growth.

This award will be announced on the night.


A person with a disability who has overcome hardship to achieve their personal goals. This award celebrates those who are truly embracing life and making the utmost of whatever abilities they have. The recipient of this Award will be someone who has risen to the challenges they face with a positive, ‘can-do’ spirit. This award serves to remind the NZ public of the thousands of people who live their life with positivity.

Carlos Biggemann

Ephraim Gudgeon

Juanita Willems


This award is about valuing professionals who support people with disabilities to live their best life possible. Recent moves in the support worker industry have recognised and valued disabled people by placing emphasis on providing a higher level of care. While the award recognises a professional, we're looking for someone with the X-factor who goes above and beyond their job. This category is open to (but not limited to) support workers, carers, occupational therapists, physios and nurses.

Graeme Haddon

Leah Stewart

Leticia Sheppard 


This Award is for a person up to the age of 20 who lives with a disability and who has made a significant contribution to improving society. This award aims to highlight the hard work and dedication shown by young people and the contribution they make to our society. Nominees may have excelled in the educational, sporting or artistic field, or they may be a strong advocate in the community.

Cory Newman

Gabby Wright

Kiringāua Cassidy


The Attitude ACC Supreme Award will be awarded to the category winner who has had the most significant impact on both the disability sector and the wider community. The winner will therefore have achieved outstanding results, will embody the spirit of the Attitude Awards and will be a role model for others to follow. This Award will be announced on the night of the 2018 Attitude Awards.

This award will be picked from the winners of each category and announced on the night.