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Len Southward Adventure Award

History of award

Sir Len Southward was a major, long term, benefactor of the Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association and very generously made available the funds from which this grant is made. For many years the source of these funds was anonymous, but since his death, Lady Southward has agreed to the renaming of the former Adventure Award to honour Sir Len and recognise his contribution.


The awards are available to any person who has a physical disability and are open to all New Zealand citizens.
While the awards must are intended primarily for individuals, small groups (such as duets, trio or quartets) will be considered eligible in applying for a common project or objective.


Applicants must have participated or intend to participate in a challenging adventure project either during the past or coming calendar year for which applications for an award has been sought. The project must be challenging and the participant must be able to show their tenacity, enthusiasm and above all their personal drive in achievng their goal.

Number of awards





One off grant each year.

Closing dates

01 November 2020
01 November 2021
Applications close 1 November annually.

How do students apply?

Download an Application form here.
Application Form
Scholarship Page

Additional information

These awards have been for activities as diverse as (in no particular order): skiing course in Canada; wheelchair basketball participation and training; recording war veterans' experiences; a conference on weed science in Durban.

Decision makers

The Trustees


By letter

Conditions of acceptance

Applicants must be permanent residents of New Zealand, they must agree that information and photographs supplied as part of the application, or subsequently obtained by the judges, may be used at any time to promote the awards.
Applicants must state that the project or goal for which the award is sought was completed in the year ended 31st December immediately past or will be completed in the year immediately following the award presentation. They must also agree that the decision of the judging panel will be final.


Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust
PO Box 54 003
Porirua 5247