TAWA5 Best Contribution to the Internet from Wellington

by Joanna on November 20, 2010

Given that Wellington is the web capital of New Zealand, it makes sense that it’s full of people doing awesome things with and for the web.

Photograph by Ian Robertson for Idealog Magazine

Natasha Lampard and Mike Brown
Conference organisers are not supposed to have cult followings of rabid fans, but Mike and Tash are no ordinary people, and the web presence that they create is no ordinary thing. From the ONYA Awards that recognise the best in websites, to their championing of Mix & Mash and open data, to the Webstock conference that makes us all better people, and the fun Webstock Mini events, a web without Webstock’s influence would be a terrible web indeed.

Weird in Wellington
The mysterious author of Weird in Wellington gets out and about with his iPhone and takes pictures of weird things on the streets of Wellington. They might be the sort of thing you or I might normally pass by, but WiW has an eye for the unusual, posting them on his Tumblr blog with a few choice words. A blog that both entertains and inspires.

Laura's blog header

Hungry and Frozen
Laura Vincent writes well about food, sharing her favourite recipes and places to eat. But she loves music and musicals too, mixing good nomz with good tunes.

Wallace Chapman’s Street and City Photos blog

Peter McLeavey, as photographed by Wallace

In Wellington every week for the taping of Back Benches, Wallace exercises his street photography skills, capturing life on Wellington’s streets.

Richard Maclean
Wait a second, we’re nominating a person who doesn’t have a website in this category? Darn right we are! Richard doesn’t have the easiest job in the world as a spokesperson for the Wellington City Council. What we admire about him is that instead of sitting back and occasionally issuing press releases, he very actively participates in the online world, coming to where the people are at to answer questions and clear up misconceptions, not just on the Wellingtonista but on other blogs as well. All public relations people should aspire to Richard’s open communication style, and he is the perfect example of You’re Doing It Right on the internet.

Wellingtonian November 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Erm best contribution to the internet FROM Wellington. What exactly does that mean? Best contribution to the internet from a Wellingtonian? A website ABOUT Wellington? The street and city thing looks more about Auckland, most of the pictures are in Auckland’s CBD. Not surprising given that the author is . . . an Aucklander.

wallace chapman November 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I am an Aucklander but have spent my life living in many places in NZ including Nelson, Dargaville, Dunedin and…um, Wellington. I spent 14 months in Wellington, went to Tawhai primary and Dad was minister at Stokes Valley Methodist. Not to mention spending 2 days of each week of the last three and a half years in Wellington …:)

sue November 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm

If you don’t likey vote for someone else, and if you really don’t likey encourage 500 of your friends to vote the same way.

kowhai November 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

We like to mix it up in this category, heck we even have a guy without his own personal web presence! Also if you click on the link to Wallace’s site you will see that it leads to his Welly stuff and I think it is pretty choice. Lets not get all ‘can’t we get someone who looks a bit more like a Wellingtonian’ on it… 😉

egirl December 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I took it as content being “from Wellington”. A chunk of Wallace’s content comes “from Wellington” …unless there’s a bucket fountain in Auckland????

Besides that, my idea of Wellingtonians are people (not just born and bred Wellians) who’ve been everywhere they want, done everything they can, and still come back to Welly to share all the love, wonder and knowledge they’ve found about the world. What I know of Wallace’s (albeit public) persona, he epitomises that, making him pretty darn Wellingtonian in my eyes.

kowhai December 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Man egirl, you totally just nailed it.

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