Meet the Judges

Ray Wallace

Ray Wallace

Mayor of Lower Hutt

Ray Wallace was elected Lower Hutt City Mayor in October 2010, becoming the 21st person to occupy the office of mayor since 1891.

Mr Wallace was first elected to Hutt City Council as a councillor in the Wainuiomata Ward in 1995 and served as Deputy Mayor from 2001 to 2005.  During his 15 years as a councillor he held various senior positions on council committees including chair of Operations and Compliance, Chair of Community Grants, Chair of Community Services Committee and Chair of Heritage Advisory Committee.

He is proud of his Scottish heritage and as Mayor is passionate about celebrating all of Lower Hutt’s rich cultural diversity. He loves Lower Hutt and is committed to making it a more vibrant, exciting and inclusive place for everyone. A place where people feel safe, residents are proud to call home, businesses are keen to set up shop and visitors are excited to come.

Mr Wallace lives in Wainuiomata with his wife Linda. In his spare time he enjoys working on landscaping plans for the couple’s property and hitting the Petone foreshore on his bike.

Sir Neville Jordan

Sir Neville Jordan

2012 Wellingtonian of the Year, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Chancellor of Victoria University

Sir Neville Jordan KNZM is a Wellington investor and adviser in science/technology and Executive Chairman of his company, Endeavour Capital. Jordan was born in the post-war 1940s in Petone. He founded MAS Technology Ltd in 1975, a telecommunications microwave company which he successfully listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. His awards and accolades include the Governor–General’s Supreme Award for Exporting and induction into both the NZ Hi Tech Hall of Fame and the NZ Business Hall of Fame.

Sir Neville was President of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 2006–2010 and Wellingtonian of the Year in 2012. His investment company Endeavour Capital has helped to establish about 30 science, engineering and technology-based companies.

Kevin Goldsbury

Kevin Goldsbury

Director of youth development charity Ignite Sport

Kevin has over thirty years of youth work and community work experience both as a volunteer and as a full-time practitioner. He has worked predominantly with ‘at risk’ Maori and Pacific Island youth and their families in the Hutt Valley, including fourteen years coordinating the Te Hou Ora work in the greater Wellington region. Projects included running local community-based clubs, counseling, camps both local and national, youth development early intervention ‘in school’ programmes, youth homes providing respite care and emergency accommodation.

During the 1990’s Kevin and his wife Diane developed and coordinated a community-based community development project in a poorer high density housing NZ community in Petone, In 2000 Kevin took on the Directors position at Wgtn YFC with the responsibility of several youth work initiatives and projects including the establishment and supervision of over 25 Youth Service Corp and Conservation Corp pre-employment programmes in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Development. 

In 2007 Kevin established the Ignite Sport Trust – a volunteer organisation which has developed a range of projects and networks designed to encourage and support every day sports-mad people to use their love for sport to make a difference in their local communities.

Kevin has had a strong interest in all sports and especially cricket. He has coached at various levels from Primary age through to Premier One College grade and is now involved with Petone Riverside Cricket Club.

Renee Ailo

Renee Ailao

Founder of NZ Kids Food

Renee Ailao, Waiuiomata-based mother of four, is the power behind NZ Kids Food. The company, based in Wainuiomata, has been operating since February 2015 and is already creating healthy school lunches for up to 500 children every day, including providing them at cost price to Community Services cardholders.

Renee, who has a background in banking, believes that every child must be well equipped to learn, and a key part of that is having a nutritious lunch. She started the company after her son mentioned to her twice in one week that children in his class had nothing to eat at school. Renee’s company now supplies lunches to around 70 schools in the Wellington region.

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston

Director of the Dowse Art Museum

Courtney Johnston has been the Director of The Dowse Art Museum since 2012. She is also a regular commentator on the visual arts for National Radio’s Nine to Noon programme. Courtney holds a Masters in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington and is current member of the Museums Aotearoa board and the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund (Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment) panel.

Courtney was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for a research trip around museums in seven cities in the United States, exploring innovations in online and community outreach.