Golden Foot Walking Awards 2024

The 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 and pedestrians. 

The awards are open to all - private companies and public organisations, not-for-profit groups, community organisations and individuals. 


2024 finalists and winners

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and to the winners, well done!

This year there were 20 finalists with seven category winners.

A new special award was also presented, the Andy Smith Award, made in honour of a past-president of Living Streets. It was awarded to Wilderness Magazine for its Walk1200km initiative and accepted on the night by editor Alistair Hall. The initiative gained the highest score from the judges across all categories. 

Read the news release about the 2024 winners. 

Table showing finalists and winners by category:

Category and Placing



School Project Award Finalist

Supporting Safe Green and Healthy School Travel, Grantlea Downs School, Timaru

Timaru District Council

School Project Award Finalist

Walking School Buses, Berhampore School and Miramar Central School, Wellington

Wellington City Council


School Project Award Winner

Waimataitai School Travel Plan, Waimataitai, Timaru

Waimataitai School




Public Transport and Walking Award Finalist

Paraparaumu Transport Hub

Kāpiti Coast District Council

Public Transport and Walking Award Finalist

Carterton BRT Stop and Park and Ride Project





Walking Champion Award Finalist

Walking Every Street in Greater Dunedin

Julie Woods

Walking Champion Award Winner

Frank Goldingham – A Lifelong Walking Champion

Frank Goldingham




Extraordinary Walkers Award Winner

Kiwi Seniors Active Walkers, Southland

Kiwi Seniors Active Walkers

Extraordinary Walkers Award Finalist

Northern Southland Walk Group

Northern Southland Walk Group




Programmes Award Finalist

Waitaha and Te Tai Poutini Healthy Neighbourhoods Community of Practice

Christchurch City Council

Programmes Award Winner

Urban Active Modes Plan

Far North District Council




Place-making Award Finalist

Waimapihi Mural, Garrett Street, Wellington

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa)

Place-making Award Finalist

St James Theatre Mural, Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua, Wellington

Keri-Mei Zagrobelna (Te Āti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) and Tina Rae Carter

Place-making Award Winner

Geraldine Sculpture Trail





Urban Connection Award Finalist

Hāwera Town Centre Strategy

South Taranaki District Council

Urban Connection Award Finalist

Installation of Many New Raised Crossings, Wellington

Wellington City Council

Urban Connection Award Finalist

Featherston Street Safety Improvements Project, Palmerston North

Palmerston North City Council

Urban Connection Award Winner

Freyberg Street Neighbourhood Street Trial, Lyall Bay, Wellington

Wellington City Council





Events Award Finalist

Gumboot Swap, Shirley, Ōtautahi

The Shirley Village Project

Events Award Winner



Wilderness Magazine





Andy Smith Award

Walk1200km - for exceptional achievement for walking

Wilderness Magazine



Nominations are open until 17 June 2024 - now closed

Find out how to nominate your favourite walk project for the Golden Foot Walking Awards 2024. Guidelines are in the nomination form below. 

If you have any questions about how to nominate, please email us. We are very happy to help. Email:

Nomination form

Please download and use the nomination form:

Either as a fillable PDF document or Word document (see below). 

If you are not able to complete the PDF or Word form because of accessibility reasons, please contact us and we will send you a text version. 

Nominations must be received by Monday 17 June 2024. 

Examples of past winners

Golden Foot Walking Awards from 2009 to present. 

Case studies of past winners:



Types of nominations

Nominations can be about: 

  • Projects and programmes
  • Facilities or place-making
  • Events
  • Research
  • School projects
  • Walking advocate champions
  • Extraordinary walkers (e.g. walkers completing the Te Araroa Trail in record times or ways, walk fundraising for a particular cause, commuters walking long distances or overcoming barriers, stories of health gains through walking)
  • Walking and public transport initiatives
  • Buildings and public spaces that demonstrate strong accessibility and CPTED principles (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). 

Please note: Walkers means pedestrians – those on foot or using a wheelchair. Shared path projects are not eligible.

All nominations are valid if they have not been previously entered into the Golden Foot Walking Awards.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in July (details to be advised).


 Photo: Golden Foot awarded to Age Concern Wellington in 2022 for their companion walking service programme. The award was made by Global Wood Rework.

Golden Foot Nomination Forms - for downloading

About Us

Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

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