2007 AWAs Photos

Yeah, that’s our boy Hadyn hangin’ with Giovanni Ribisi at last week’s AWAs held at the mighty Mighty Mighty. Flight of the Conchord‘s Bret was there as well, to accept the Wellingtonian of the Year award, and Blam Blam Blam played and were awesome.

Oh yes, the Trendy Urban Class* were out in force to celebrate all that is good (and a little bad) about our fair city at last week’s Annual Wellingtonista Awards.

For more photos, head over here, where official photographer Mike has uploaded his pix from the evening.

* © Dominion Post.

Awards results…

  • Best Drink in Town: Negroni at Hawthorn Lounge with mandarin-infused gin
  • Best Late-Night Venue: Mighty Mighty
  • Best Cheap Eats: Satay Kingdom
  • Best un-Cheap Eats: Matterhorn
  • Best Suburban Venue: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary – Karori
  • Best Breakfast: Epic
  • Best Local Coffee Beans: Mojo
  • Best Non-Drinking Venue: Wellington waterfront on a sunny week day
  • Best Apparel Store: Madame Fancy Pants
  • Best Shop: Unity Books
  • Best Building: Wellington Central Library
  • Best Cultural Venue: Film Archive
  • Best Public Space: The Botanic Gardens
  • Best Public Art: The installations along the way to the Airport
  • Most Needed: Light rail to the airport
  • Hottest Hospo of the Year: The staff at Mighty Mighty
  • Wellington Supervillain of the Year: Kerry Prenderghastly
  • Best 2007 Wellington-based Event: Cuba St Carnival
  • Best Dub Dub Dubber: “Cracker” – Damian Christie
  • Wellingtonian of the Year: Jemaine and Bret aka. Flight of the Conchords

Hearty congratulations to all our winners

Voting now closed in the Awas!

We are so very, very excited to announce that voting is now open for about the Second Annual Wellingtonista Awards!

Check out the categories here then,

Cast your votes here, and then …

Come along to our awards night! (If you’re not on our RSVP list already, then it’s first in first served at 7pm)

You have no idea how excited we are about this. Woo!

Then eagerly await the results to be posted here. Hurrah!

There is no Depression in Wellington

The Wellingtonista and Public Address, in association with Freeview and Ponoko proudly present


It’s a quiz show! It’s awards for the best bits of our fair city! It’s BLAM BLAM BLAM!

Mighty Mighty, Thursday 6 December. Doors open at 6pm. $15 and donation to Downtown Community Ministry encouraged.

First up the clever people of Public Address Radio and the Down Low Concept will bring you It Doesn’t Give My Opponents Much Time Either, a quiz show in which various celebrity contestants party like Muldoon is still Prime Minister and Russell Brown asks the tricky retro questions.

Then, for the second year in the row, the Wellingtonista will tell you who you’ve voted for as the best of Wellington. Voting is open at The Wellingtonista until December 4. What’s the best drink in town, who’s the hottest hospitality worker who’ll serve you that drink, and where will you eat away the hangover the next morning? Who will win the sexyass trophies Dan Emery designed and Ponoko made?

You decide, and when you cast your vote and attend the awards, you’ll go into the draw to win some choice prizes from Wanda Harland, Super Very and more. In exchange, the Wellingtonista hope that you will make a donation to the Downtown Community Mission, for the following reasons:

  • We love this city, right? And so therefore, it is important that we actually do good things for it, as well as talking about it all the time.
  • We eat and drink to excess, and it’s awesome that we celebrate that, but it might be nice if we think about the people who have difficulty eating, or who have problems with drinking.
  • Blanket Man was voted Wellingtonian of the year last year at the Wellingtonista Awards. How about we give some attention to the not-so-visible homeless people?

But the good times don’t stop there, because we also happen to have lined up one of the greatest New Zealand bands of all time to bring their special kind of magic to the event. Don’t fight it, Marsha, because it’s bigger than the both of us. That’s right – we’re pants-wettingly excited to announce that Blam Blam Blam will be playing after the awards.

And if all that gets to be a bit too much for you, your attendance gives you the chance to win one of two Freeview decoders (with satellite install if required , so in the future you’ll be able to just stay at home with crystal-clear television reception. Hurray!

To make sure you can join us, please make sure that you email the.wellingtonista@gmail.com before the event with your name, and also get there before 7.30pm, otherwise we can’t guarantee you’ll fit! Reservations are now closed, so if you got on the list (if you emailed before today, you are), you need to be there by 7pm to ensure you make it in. And if you’re not on the list, it’s first-in-first-served from 7pm onwards. But we would truly truly love to see you there, so even if you don’t book, or you have to get there later, come along.

And if you really can’t join us, don’t go all emo: the party will be recorded for a special end-of-year edition of Public Address Radio, which will air on Radio Live.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

2AWA: Best cultural venue

The word ‘Culture’ means many different things to different people. To us it means doing things that enrich the mind to make yourself into a more interesting person. And luckily for us, there are many fantastic places in Wellington in which to get enriched.

My culture fixes are principally delivered by:
Nominees after the jump…

2AWA: Best apparel store

Whether you’re a nu-rave kid or a glorified dandy, being well-dressed is partly a matter of taste. Nevertheless, if you’re keen to spend some time on your personal appearance, you’d do well to start out with these Wellington stores for clothes and/or accessories.

Does my bum look big in this? Who cares if it’s big – it looks awesome!

Get dressed after the jump

2AWA: Best UnCheap Eats

If you’re going to splash out a large amount of money for a dinner for a special occasion or because you’re worth it, the whole experience had better be pretty damn spectacular. The food must be delicious, the service must be amazing, and the atmosphere should be grand. The following restaurants can all deliver sublime times, but which one is very best of all?

I spent all my rent money on dinner here, but at least when the bailiffs beat me to death I will die blissfully:

Splurges after the jump…

2AWA: Best Breakfast

Remember how when you were growing up you were always told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? Well it seems like these cafes agree. Whether you’re up and about and planning a big day, or you’ve managed to drag yourself out of bed some time in the afternoon, a plate full of goodness from one of these places is probably exactly what you need.

The Welly solution to a hangover is:

Time to get out of bed and get to these places, after the jump…

2AWA: Best public space

Everybody knows that you can’t beat Wellington on a good day. And good days can happen at the most random of times. Therefore it’s super important that we have our little patches of sunshine to escape to, when the whole “working for the man” starts to wear you down…

Eating lunch outside never felt so good:

Let’s go outside, after the jump…

2AWA: Best Cheap Eats

Eating is important. So is managing your budget. These places offer good ways to combine the two. When we get cheap food, we want it to satisfy us. We want a good-sized serving, and we want it to be tasty, interesting and preferably from a nice place to dine. Like these places…

I just found $20, so it’ll be dinner at:

Cheap eats after the jump…