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Wairoa Community Development Trust Wins TrustPower National Community Awards

16 Mar 2009

Wairoa Community Development Trust Wins TrustPower National Community Awards

16 March 2009
The Wairoa Community Development Trust, representing Wairoa District, has been named Supreme Winner at the prestigious TrustPower National Community Awards.

The Awards were announced on Saturday 14 March at the 2008 TrustPower National Community Awards Dinner, held at Wharerata, Massey University.

The Runner-Up was the Kukupa Dove Charitable Trust, representing the Tauranga City. A Special Award was also presented to the Murchison Sport Recreation and Cultural Centre Inc Committee, representing Nelson City/Tasman District.

The announcement came after a full day for the 24 teams participating in the TrustPower National Community Awards. Each regional team gave an eight minute presentation on their activities or project in a judging session held at the Travelodge Palmerston North. The teams were judged on that presentation and on the 1,000 word summary each group provided to the judges prior to the event.

The Wairoa Community Development Trust was represented at the TrustPower National Community Awards by Michael Lander and Jeremy Harker, along with Wairoa District Mayor Les Probert and Makere Jones.

The Wairoa Community Development Trust runs a CACTUS course for the region’s young people. The eight week programme aims to challenge young people and to help them achieve their potential through a series of physical and mental challenges.

At the TrustPower National Community Awards the Trust gave an eight minute presentation during which they told the participants of how since the CACTUS course began crime rates in the district have dropped significantly

As TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner, the Wairoa Community Development Trust receives a trophy, $2,500 prize money and a framed certificate. The Supreme Winner also takes home a prize package from Foresee Communications, specialists in sponsorship and fundraising resources, training and advice. The prize package includes a $1,000 workshop or conference credit, resources for the winning group’s library and a free telephone consultation with Foresee’s Director Heather Newell.

TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches says the Wairoa Community Development Trust were able to demonstrate a significant change in their community as a direct result of their initiatives.

“TrustPower is proud to lead the way in recognising, rewarding and celebrating the incredible contribution volunteers make to New Zealand communities,” says Graeme Purches.

“All 24 groups participating in the TrustPower National Community Awards are shining examples of the amazing work volunteers undertake every day in cities and districts all around New Zealand. These groups have already won recognition in their regions and we are delighted to be able to showcase their efforts nationally at this weekend’s event,” says Mr Purches.

The Awards were judged by a panel of independent judges, including Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Hon Tariana Turia, North & South Editor Virginia Larson, Jim Mora from Radio New Zealand and Mucking In, Dianne Denny from Volunteering New Zealand and Heather Newell from Foresee Communications, along with the 24 voluntary groups at the Awards. Each of the groups had one vote, with the peer voting making up 50% of the final judging score and the independent judging panel’s votes making up the other 50%.

TrustPower National Community Awards - Background

Over the last fourteen years the TrustPower Community Awards have grown into one of the country’s largest volunteer-based Awards programmes.

Thanks to the TrustPower Community Awards, thousands of volunteers have been recognised and more than quarter of a million dollars has been injected into community groups up and down the country.

The TrustPower Community Awards were initially set up with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council fourteen years ago, when TrustPower became a listed company.

Since then, TrustPower has established Community Awards in cities and districts right around the country, as a way of giving something back to its customers and their community.

Today, the TrustPower Community Awards are run in 24 districts around the country, in conjunction with local district or city Councils. Any voluntary group or volunteer-based not-for-profit organisation is eligible for the Awards, which recognise past achievements or work undertaken by volunteers over the previous
12 months.

In 2000, TrustPower initiated the National Community Awards, where the Supreme Winners from the regional Awards share ideas and experiences and compete for the title of TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner.

National Awards

The TrustPower National Community Awards are attended by representatives from each of the organisations judged Supreme Winner at their regional Awards, along with their region’s Mayor and his or her partner.

Each regional team compiles an eight minute presentation on their group or organisation and its achievements as well as providing a 1,000 word written summary on their organisation. The teams themselves then vote for the group they think deserves the title of TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner, along with a panel of independent judges.

The TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner receives $2,500, a framed certificate and a trophy, with the Runner-Up receiving $1,500 and a framed certificate. The Supreme Winner also receives a prize package from Foresee Communications, specialists in sponsorship and fundraising resources, training and advice.

Although all organisations participating in the National Awards would love to take home the big prize, the Awards are about more than money and titles. They are about giving organisations time out, the opportunity to socialise and network with other similar groups and the chance to share ideas and experiences in a relaxed environment.

There have been many examples of this networking resulting in ideas from one end of the country being established as successful projects in another region!

Past National Award Winners

2000: CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit & Support) - Westland District

2001: The Otangarei Youth Sports & Recreation Trust - Whangarei

2002: Te Puna Quarry Park Society Inc. - Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty District

2003: Palmerston Gateway to Gold Charitable Trust - Waihemo District

2004: Friends of Dunstan Hospital - Central Otago District

2005: Kihikihi Waikato Eventing - Waipa District

2006: Special Rigs for Special Kids - Dunedin City

2007: Palmerston North Street Van - Palmerston North City

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