Pahiatua Railcar Society has taken top honours at Tararua District’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards.
Voluntary groups from around the district gathered with representatives from Trustpower, the Tararua District Council, and the community at the Dannevirke Sports Club to hear how 15 groups and two students are making an impact in their community.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says Pahiatua Railcar Society stood out because of the impact and input of their volunteers.
"The past year has been a significant one, with many activities undertaken such as the final completion of the RM5 railcar, which has been regarded as one of the most major and significant railway restorations ever carried out in New Zealand to date," says Mrs Partridge.
"This Society is completely run by volunteers who give over 600 hours per month of their time to manage and carry out the projects. It is undoubtedly the commitment and enthusiasm of these volunteers that make this Society the professional and well-oiled machine it is."
For winning the Supreme Award, Pahiatua Railcar Society received a framed certificate, a trophy, and $1,500 prize money.
Pahiatua Railcar Society will go on to represent the Tararua District at the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards, taking place in the Queenstown Lakes area next April.
The category winners of the 2017 Trustpower Tararua District Community Awards are as follows:
Youth Community Spirit
Joint Winner - William Menzies
Joint Winner - Mycah Keall
Heritage and Environment
Commendation - Dannevirke Volunteer Fire Brigade
Runner up - Pukaha Mount Bruce
Winner - Norsewood Promotions
Health and Wellbeing
Commendation - Elske Day Centre for over 65’s
Commendation - The Woodville Pantry
Runner up - Executive Committee Eketahuna Health Committee
Winner - Pongaroa Fuel Stop Inc.
Arts and Culture
Commendation - Radio Dannevirke
Runner up - Pahiatua Repertory Society Inc.
Winner - Eketahuna Our Town Information Centre
Sport and Leisure
Runner up - Dannevirke Tigers Rugby League Club
Winner - Pahiatua Wheel Park
Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner up - Te Wananga O Tamaki Nui a Rua
Winner - Bush Blue Light
Pahiatua Railcar Society
You can view photos of category winners and the Trustpower Community Awards evening on our Facebook page. More information about the Awards is available at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards