Golden Foot Walking Awards - from 2009 to present

Our Golden Foot Walking Awards celebrate and recognise New Zealand achievements for walkers by acknowledging innovative new facilities, highlighting national best practice and rewarding ongoing commitment to walking. 

The awards are open to all - private companies and public organisations, not-for-profit groups, community organisations and individuals. We encourage you to submit a nomination. 


Nominations are now open for the 2024 Golden Foot Walking Awards. Closing date is Monday 17 June 2024. 


Read about the winners of the 2022 Golden Foot Walking Awards. 












The WSP Golden Foot Awards 2020 formal ceremony was held by video conference June 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

The WINNER of the category is marked.  




Andrews Ave Hutt City



Massey student’s Urban Camouflage, a Social Intervention through Design course have been working out of a pop-up space called The Living Lab for the last three weeks. Andrews Avenue located in the south end of the central city is currently a blank canvas- their task was to use an urban camouflage approach to make it more people friendly.


AT Walk Challenge



The Auckland Walk Challenge is a month-long, fun, team walking Challenge run by Auckland Transport’s Sustainable Mobility team. Through tailored communications, incentives, prompts, nudges, social norming and other behaviour change techniques, this annual Challenge aims to encourage mode-shift whereby participants adopt longer-term changes by choosing to replace car-trips with walking.


Be Counted at PN City He Ara Kotahi Bridge



Walking and Public transport initiative.

The CITX-3D is patented camera with the capacity to count and classify pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles in the busiest of urban areas. In December 2019 Palmerston North was the first New Zealand Council to install a combined pedestrian and bike counter and display on He Ara Kotahi Bridge. 

Bear Hunt during Lockdown



NZ Bear Hunt started as a little idea, turned into a nationwide movement, remaining local and community-oriented. The concept is to put teddy bears or toys in a window facing the street and to pin your bear to an on-line map. Walkers explore their neighbourhood, tracking down households taking part.

Brightwater Consultation


School projects

Brightwater in Tasman is a peri-urban town of some 1,500 residents and is surrounded by rural landscape and horticulture. The challenge with this project was to successfully consult, connect and engage with this community. We needed a way in to the heart of this community, to understand it and activate robust discussion

Chris Teo-Sherrell 


Walking Champion

The combined attack on footpaths of unregulated e-scooters and a proposed rule change to allow cyclists, e-bikes and e-scooters everywhere galvanised Chris to lead a coalition of fourteen organisations to show the detriment to vulnerable walkers to officials, Ministers and MPs, media and the public, raising public awareness.

Diabetes New Zealand Fitbit MoveMeant challenge



The Diabetes New Zealand Fitbit MoveMeant challenge was designed to raise awareness of the importance of exercise in the prevention and management of diabetes. Beginning in 2015 Fitbit and Diabetes New Zealand collaborated to create an event that is fun, engaging, challenging, rewarding and for some life changing. 

GFWA SPA The Tāmaki Loop


Walking and Public transport initiative.

The Tāmaki Loop is an innovative placemaking proposition that underpins the Tāmaki Precinct Masterplan – a long-term vision for regeneration in Tāmaki. The concept would see multiple destinations across the Tāmaki area (including schools, parks, treasured mana whenua sites, etc) all interwoven through a new, safe and attractive walking route.

He Ara Kotahi Bridge and Pathway PN City 


Walking and Public transport initiative.

Palmerston North City Council in partnership with local Iwi Rangitāne, Massey University, NZ Defence Force, New Zealand Transport Agency and other key stakeholders created an iconic sustainable transport network, which is an exemplar to the rest of New Zealand. 

He Ara Kotahi consist of approximately 14 kms of pathways, 5 bridges (including the new iconic He Ara Kotahi bridge, 194m long) and 145m of board walk at a cost of approximately $16.8 million dollars. 

The bridge and pathway truly ‘brings the people together’ providing a safe, direct and beautiful walking and cycling connection from the city side to Massey University Campus (18,000 students & staff) and Linton Army camp (2,100 staff). Since the bridge and pathway opened in June 2019 it has had almost 500,000 user groups across it, with an average daily usage of between 1500-2000 users. 

High Street Trial Ak Design office


Facilities or place-making

As part of the overarching Access for Everyone project, the High Street Trial aimed to allocate more space to pedestrians and other users, by replacing on-street parking with temporary kerb/footpath extensions, to effectively double the width of this street’s narrow footpaths

Here Comes the Sun Pt Chev Play Street


School projects

“Here comes the sun” was a community lead Play Street event held on Te Rā Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland on 1 November 2019. A Play Street creates play spaces by temporarily closing streets so the space can be used by the community for play activities and interaction

Innovating Streets for People Funding 


Walking and Public transport initiative.

The Innovating Streets for People pilot fund is designed to help councils create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities. Tactical urbanism can be used to make quick progress by testing and piloting projects to demonstrate value to the community. 90% funding assistance rate and capability building support are available.

Mark Weatherall, 


Walking Champion

Mark has been CEO of Te Araroa Trust for two years. He is an excellent advocate for the trail, a clear communicator with walkers and stakeholders and is highly safety-conscious. His live FB chats, preparation of financial reports and pleasant manner mean he has achieved a huge amount.

Roger Boulter Book: Planning for Walking and Cycling in New Zealand



Roger is an international authority on planning for walking and cycling. He has led national

strategy development in New Zealand and previously in the UK. He has collated New Zealand history in considerable detail and breadth. The book is current; including the Accessible Streets rules package and Innovating Streets Fund. 

Transportation Group Christchurch Open Play Street



The Open Play Street event was held on Colombo Street in the heart of Christchurch’s central city to showcase a form of tactical urbanism and to promote placemaking, play and active transport. The event was supported by a range of groups who created play zones and activities for the community. 


Wahine Walking



Suffrage Day is a celebration of women’s right to VOTE. Despite this right, women have lower socio-economic status, especially non-Pakeha and non-binary people. Women walk more yet fear more for their safety. This inclusive free event showcased the often unknown history of women in the capital with an after-work walk.



The presentation for the Golden Foot Walking Awards 2018 was on June 26, 2018. Our key sponsor from the last awards was again our sponsor - thank you WSP Opus


The award ceremony was in the Grand Hall, Parliament. It was an opportunity for finalists and winners to showcase their projects.  The awards ceremony was hosted and attended by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter.

Finalists 2018

Whananaki footbridge, Whangarei District Council  details here

Rangitoto Summit Walk Sport Auckland, Department of Conservation,  details here

Walking Radical Wellington, Dr Dougal McNeill, Samantha Murphy  details here

Paul Pope, Otago Peninsula Community

The Power to Walk, The Duncan Foundation  details here

Claire Dixon, Auckland Transport

Movin' March Greater, Wellington Regional Council

Winners 2018


Winner:Community Led Project

Gruffalo Explorer - Christchurch Walking Festival

Christchurch City Council, St Margarets, Canterbury Playcentre Association, Canterbury Plunket

details here

Winner:School Travel

Henry Hill School Travel unplan

Principal Jason Williams and Henry Hill School



Winner:Connecting communities

Hemo Gorge intersection

Fred Shilton WSP OPUS and New Zealand Transport Agency

details here

Winner:Walking School Bus

Fernridge School Walking School Bus

Janine Devenport and Fernridge School

details here

Winner:Walking Champions

Walking Samoans

Ane Bonifacio Radio Samoa, Pacific Heartbeat, Heart Foundation

details here

Winner:Understanding Walking

Business Case for Walking

Darren Davis - Auckland Council

details here






The 2016 Golden Foot Awards were presented at the 2WALKandCYCLE Conference in Auckland July 2016.

The 2016 Golden Foot Awards were supported by OPUS. 



Name of Organisation

Name of Project


Hamilton City Council

Accessible Kerb Upgrade Programme


Sculpture Trust Wellington

Park(ing) Day


Mainstreet Tauranga

Wharf Street Shared Space Project


Abley Transportation Consultants Ltd

Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool


Community and Public Health, Aranui Primary School, Chisnallwood Intermediate School, St James School , Wainoni School and the All Right? Campaign.

AWA Trails Walking Map


Devonport Peninsula Trust

Devonport Community Treasure Hunt


New Plymouth District Council- Let’s Go Project

Let’s Go Scooter Sessions


Te Araroa Trust (CEO)

Paekakariki Escarpment Track


Castor Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association

Wairau-Estuary Bridge


Christchurch City Council

Walk or Wheel Safely to School Day 2016


Rosamund Averton and Edward Sarfas

Walking Champions Extraordinaire


Make Collective: Clare Jones

Walking Poster Generator



The four Walking Award Category Winners were:

  •  “Best New Zealand Joint Walking and Cycling Project” Uni of Otago, Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium for symposia on youth and tranport.
  •   “Best New Zealand Walking Facility” (enabling walking)
 New Plymouth DC with Let's Go Streets Project
  •   “Best New Zealand Walking Promotion” (educating about walking) New Plymouth DC with Let's Go School Travel Planning
  •  “Best New Zealand Walking Project” (encouraging walking) Christchurch CC & Recreation and Sport Unit with The Breeze 


The Awards Ceremony was held on 23 February 2012 in Hastings at the 2WalkandCycle Conference.


Read about the 2010 Awards.


Read about the inaugural 2009 National Walking Awards



The NZ Walking Awards 

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