Attitude Awards 2019

This event brings a mix of celebrating achievement and stunning performances. 

Dignitaries, Government Ministers, Kiwi celebrities and sports stars will all be in the mix networking and socialising amongst the 650 strong crowd.

TVNZ celebrities host the evening, which starts at 6pm with a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones over drinks & canapés. The awards are presented across an evening peppered with entertainment and a three-course formal dinner. Be ready to experience a full range of emotions, from side splitting laughing to tears. 

Accessible features include sign language interpreters, audio description services and the room is spaced to cater for wheel chairs and mobility dogs.

Accommodation deals at Sky City are available through the Attitude Trust.

We welcome approaches from sponsors looking to be a part of this event.


Awards Nominations for 2019 are open until Monday July 22.

Attitude Entrepreneur Award

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.

Spirit of Attitude Award

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.

Attitude ACC Employer Award

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.

Note that all entries for the Attitude ACC Employer Award will be shared with a representative of ACC as part of the judging panel for this award. ACC may share the Attitude promotional materials for this Award.

Attitude Employee Award

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.

Leadership Award

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.

Youth Spirit Award

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.

Attitude Paralympian of the Decade Award

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.

Attitude Support Superstar Award

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.

Making A Difference Award

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.

It is always humbling to discover the good work being performed ‘behind the scenes’ by generous, committed individuals serving the disabled community. This award is to reward an individual who has made it their aim to assist others, and selflessly give their time.