NZCT is a proud supporter of Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA). We recognise the immense contribution the service provides to people living in the greater Wellington region. And when we received a request for assistance with the purchase of a new state-of-the-art ambulance, we were pleased to be able to help.
NZCT lost one of its long-standing board members, Ian Wells, early in 2014. So when WFA offered to dedicate the new ambulance to Ian’s memory, we were both pleased and moved.
Ian was a well-known Wellingtonian, particularly amongst the city’s sporting circles. He spent the majority of his career in the newspaper industry working for Wellington Newspapers for 37 years (initially as a sports journalist, but later as an advertising and business manager), but he also held a number of sports governance roles.
He was a board member of NZ Tennis for 31 years and held the role of Chairman for 27 of those. He was a board member of NZ Football for six years, and was Chairman of Miramar Rangers Football Club for 11 years. He also spent seven years on the board of Cricket Wellington and was Chairman for five of those. Ian was a Life Member of Cricket Wellington and of NZ Tennis. He was a justice of the peace and in 1988 he received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to tennis.
Ian became a trustee of NZCT in December 2004 – a position he held until he retired in February 2011. During his time with NZCT he provided sound guidance and made decisions on the allocation of grant funding across the country. His passion and commitment to sport - and making sure sport is accessible to all - will be remembered by all who knew him.
Sadly Ian passed away on 4 January 2014, aged 76 years.
On 1 December, a dedication ceremony was held at Wellington Free Ambulance. The new ambulance, partly funded by NZCT, was dedicated to Ian’s memory. His family and his colleagues at NZCT, were very pleased to be able to attend and share in this special occasion.