TOP TARARUA VOLUNTEERS THRIVED IN QUEENSTOWN AT TRUSTPOWER NATIONAL COMMUNITY AWARDS
Pahiatua Railcar Society Inc. saw Tararua District well-represented
Pahiatua Railcar Society Inc. did the Tararua District volunteer community proud at the Trustpower National Community Awards in the Queenstown Lakes District last weekend.
Don Selby and Bernard Watson represented the group, with Mayor Tracey Collis also on hand to support the team over the weekend. These representatives took their community project head to head with the country’s best and brightest volunteer groups and projects on a national stage, full of friendly competition.
Pahiatua Railcar Society Inc. came out on top at the Trustpower Tararua District Community Awards last year, which earnt them their spot at the Trustpower National Community Awards.
Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor, Alice Boyd, said although the Tararua District group did not come away as award recipients, their achievements shouldn’t be forgotten or discounted.
“Pahiatua Railcar Society Inc. should be very proud of their presentation which clearly demonstrated the commitment and passion of their volunteers,” said Boyd.
“The Society is completely run by volunteers who give over 600 hours of their time each month to manage the club and carry out the projects, and we have no doubt they’ll continue going from strength to strength” she said.
The national competition brought together 25 groups from across 27 regions – all who were named Supreme Winners of last year’s Trustpower Community Awards, a programme run in partnership with local Councils.
The Awards were announced on Saturday evening (14 April) at the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards Dinner, held at the Kawarau Bungy.
Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade, representing Whakatāne, were named Supreme Winner, and the South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive), a group representing Invercargill City and Southland District, was named Runner-Up. The Whetū Mātaiata Award winner (the rising star award for an up-and-coming group), was Kura Precious Ones Special Needs Support Group from the Wairoa District.
In between a weekend of sight-seeing and networking, Don and Bernard gave an eight-minute presentation on what the group has achieved. The groups were judged on their presentations, along with a 1,000 word summary of the organisation, by their peers and a panel of independent judges including Hadyn Jones from TVNZ Good Sorts and Fair Go, Scott Miller, chief executive of Volunteering NZ, Henare O'Keefe, previous Kiwibank Hero of the Year, Janice Lee from Koha Kai, "Ferg", a local Queenstown radio DJ from The Hits, Rosie Julou General Manager of Exult, Vince Hawksworth Trustpower chief executive and Jess Cartwright, reporter for TVNZ based in Central Otago.
Entries are now open for the Trustpower Community Awards and it’s your chance to recognise and celebrate your local volunteers! There’s $150,000 up for grabs across 26 regions (including Tararua) and any group or organisation that has a voluntary component is eligible. It’s quick and easy to enter online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards. Entries close 31 May so get in quick.