Recognising our international students

Celebrating our Wellington International Student Excellence Award winners

S excellence awards on stage

The annual awards organised by WellingtonNZ recognise high-achieving international students in the Wellington region who excel academically, in the arts, sport, community or online.

The fifth annual awards were held in November 2020 at the Michael Fowler Centre, where 28 international students were recognised. WellingtonNZ chief executive John Allen, Wellington Mayor Andy Foster and ambassadors from various Wellington-based embassies attended.

Our 2020 winners

Academic excellence

Lingxi Zhang (Evans Bay Intermediate), Yifan Jiang (Samuel Marsden Collegiate School), Cici Wang (Wellington Girls' College), Bryan Tarlowski (Victoria University of Wellington), Soheil Mohseni (Victoria University of Wellington)


Zeheng Zhao (Kelburn Normal School), Di Bao (Wellington Girls' College), Bungkung Hout (Victoria University of Wellington)

Sporting achievements

Ho Lui Yick (Scotts College), Shoko Ueshima (Wellington High School)


Shin Kosaka (Wellington College), Kamilla Korokhova (WelTec and Whitireia New Zealand)

Community engagement

Haruta Chikamune (Wellington College), Ken Matthew Mirasol Villamin (Wellington Institute of Technology - WelTec and Whitireia), Julian Tanaka (Massey University)

Community resilience

Nathirah Saiful Bahri (Victoria University of Wellington)

Online eduction community

Andrianne Jing Yi Wong (UP Education)


Alexandra Wilson (St Catherine's College), Eden Ee (Victoria University of Wellington)

International student alumni

Surya Teja Sarvepalli (Massey University), Vikas Tyagi (Victoria University of Wellington)

International student workplace

Integration Works, Wellington University International at Victoria University of Wellington

Highly commended

Florence Nguyen (Aotea College - academic excellence), Harisu Abdullahi (Victoria University of Wellington - academic excellence), Gayan Edirisinghe Pathiranage (Victoria University of Wellington - community engagement), Amber Wong (Wellington Girls' College - creativity), Lingyue Jiang (Wellington Girls' College - creativity)

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