Matt McLaughlin awarded for keeping Wellington safe

21 Nov 2018

Hospitality New Zealand's Wellington Branch President Matt McLaughlin has been recognised at the Safety in the City awards ceremony for his exceptional work in trying to prevent sexual assault through the soon to launch Don't Guess the Yes campaign.

Wellington City Council hosted the Safety in the City awards ceremony last night, on November 20. The event took place at the Wharewaka in Wellington, and celebrated individuals, groups and programmes that have made a significant impact on the safety of Wellington. 

The recipients were honoured by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, who commented on the Safety in the City awards and said: “the winners of these awards came from all walks of life and have contributed through acts of bravery, emergency responses, crime prevention and community safety campaigns.”

Among those honoured alongside Matt last night was Fiona McNamara, general manager of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. The Sexual Abuse Prevention Network is one of the collaborative partners that has worked alongside Hospitality New Zealand, Wellington Police and Wellington City Council on the Don't Guess the Yes campaign. Fiona has been instrumental in helping Hospitality New Zealand build its Don't Guess the Yes training module for hospitality staff. 

The full list of Wellington award winners for 2018: 

  • Matt Mclaughlin, Hospitality New Zealand’s Wellington branch president

  • Fiona McNamara, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network.

  • Sam Barnes, Paris Evans, Izaak Lomax, Laura Sutherland, Jacob Williams and Tafara Odigetse, Platypus Shoes

  • Alea Wharekura, The Body Shop

  • Ray Harkness, Wellington Wander Search Charitable Trust

  • Lisa Seddon

  • Take Ten

  • Wellington South Community Patrol

For more information on Matt McLaughlin's work on the Don't Guess the Yes campaign, and how you can get involved, click here.

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