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For more than 126 years the committee behind the Kumara Racing Club have put on a race to remember on the first Saturday in January. With many old fashioned features of the picnic race meetings the Kumara Races attract a crowd from right across the country.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented on Tuesday September 25 at a function at the Beachfront Hotel in Hokitika. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Kumara Race Club has received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Kumara Race Club now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Far North District in March 2013. 

In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards. 

Westland District Mayor Maureen Pugh says the Kumara Racing Club and the iconic Kumara Races has a long and proud history. 

“It’s great that we can recognise the dedication, passion and resilience of these volunteers through this TrustPower Award,” says Mayor Pugh. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville agrees that it’s great to celebrate the achievements of this dedicated voluntary group.

“For more than 126 years the committee behind the Kumara Racing Club have put on a race to remember on the first Saturday in January. With many old fashioned features of the picnic race meetings the Kumara Races attract a crowd from right across the country,” says Miss Somerville. 

”Volunteers are part of the wood work down at the race club and apart from regular meetings across the year, the moment it starts to warm and dry up again the committee set to work on a programme of maintenance and upgrading of the track and buildings,” she says.

“The iconic Kumara Races enables fundraising opportunities for the local school and community groups, the facility is used by other groups through the year and with around a 10,000 strong crowd descending on the town each year all businesses on the coast benefit,” she says. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Westland Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Ross Volunteer Fire Brigade
Runner-Up: Wanaka and Districts Lions Club 

Health and Well Being
Winner: Fox Glacier Emergency Services Trust
Runner-Up: Hokitika SPCA
Commendation: West Coast Riding For the Disabled
Commendation: St Vincent de Paul Society 

Arts and Culture
Winner: Hokitika Dramatic Society
Runner-Up: WAI Westland Incorporated 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Hokitika Rugby League Club
Runner-Up: Hokitika Cycling Club 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Winner: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Runner-Up: CCS Disability Action 

Supreme Winner
Kumara Race Club