Personality of the Year

Stuff

Thanks for voting for our Stuff Personality of the Year! We'll be announcing our winner on awards night - Wednesday 23rd June. 

Ben Waine - Football

19-year-old Ben Waine has enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Wellington Phoenix football club this season, becoming the youngest Nix to score five goals or more in a season and only the fourth Phoenix player to score a goal in four straight matches. Ben enjoys being involved in the local community, and this season he’s appeared in multiple events including football clinics and youth outreach activities – always with a big smile on his face. The future looks bright for this young Wellington footballer as he continues to make a name for himself in the A-League.

Devon Conway - Cricket

Since arriving in Wellington from South Africa in 2017 Devon has worked hard to establish himself as one of New Zealand’s most talented cricketers, now representing the Wellington Firebirds and the Black Caps. While Conway is destructive on the cricket field, he is a gentleman off it and is well-renowned as one of the nicest men in cricket. He always makes himself available to help with community initiatives and has carried himself in an approachable and polite manner when faced with the media interest that his success has brought.

Du’Plessis Kirifi - Rugby
Born and raised in New Plymouth, Du’Plessis Kirifi made the shift south to Wellington in 2017. The 24-year-old openside flanker quickly made his mark with the Wellington Lions before earning his first Hurricanes contract in 2019. Du’Plessis is now captain of the Lions and has been an important member of the Hurricanes for the past two seasons. Towards the end of 2020, he was rewarded for his consistent performances with inclusion in the All Blacks squad which travelled to Australia for the Tri Nations.

 

Kirifi is a keen photographer and regularly gets involved with community work for the Hurricanes through coaching clinics and charity initiatives.

Jordan Ngatai - Basketball

Jordan Ngatai also known as the Prince of Porirua, a New Zealand professional basketball player currently with the Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League after six seasons with the Sky Sport Breakers. He has played five seasons with the Wellington Saints and secured four Championships within the NZNBL. A talented young man, Jordan always gives back to his community, whenever he is home he is happy to work with youth to help fulfil their potential.

Sophie Devine - Cricket

In the past two seasons, Wellington Blaze and White Ferns all-rounder Sophie Devine has proven why she is one of the most influential athletes on the planet. Devine has spent the last two summers breaking record after record and setting a great example for aspiring female athletes locally and internationally. Devine captained the Wellington Blaze and the White Ferns to success in 2019-20, while also being a strong advocate for the growth of women’s cricket and women’s sport in general.

Whitney Souness - Netball

Souness, the mercurial little midcourter, was born and raised in Porirua where she learned her netball trade. Her formative years still resonate strongly with the person she is today. She has been a Pulse stalwart since 2015 and a player of real quality, with growing confidence in leading an attack line. She remains a current Silver Ferns squad member and is always willing to give back to the community, often being seen down at Kapi Mana netball court.