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Polyfest burst onto our cultural scene four years ago, filling the Stadium with a rich diversity of performance. The Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust now provides a yearlong series of events and workshops which showcase and celebrate the unique bi-cultural fabric of Murihiku.
Invercargill City Mayor Tim Shadbolt

The awards were announced and presented on Monday October 8 at the Civic Theatre. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust 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.

Invercargill City Mayor Tim Shadbolt says “Polyfest burst onto our cultural scene four years ago, filling the Stadium with a rich diversity of performance. The Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust now provides a yearlong series of events and workshops which showcase and celebrate the unique bicultural fabric of Murihiku.” 

Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno believes the work done by the Trust encourages Southlanders to enjoy and understand the different cultures here in the province.

“Our Southland rural schools enjoy being able to take part in Polyfest, which provides a tremendous opportunity for students to take part in Kapa Haka and Pasifika dance. Our community is becoming increasingly diverse and our young people are very proud to be part of the music, dance and creative opportunities provided by the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust,” says Southland Mayor Frana Cardno. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards was strong with 56 entries received for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Archives Volunteer Group
Runner-Up: South Coast Environment Centre
Commendation: South Catlin’s Environmental charitable Trust 

Health and Well Being
Winner: Cancer Society Otago Southland
Runner-Up: Edendale First Response Trust
Commendation: Invercargill Public Library Housebound Service
Commendation: Meals on Wheels Association Invercargill 

Arts and Culture
Winner: Invercargill Repertory Society
Runner-Up: Ascot Park Hotel Auxiliary Brass Band
Commendation: Glengarry Community Art Project 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Lumsden Community Swimming Pool
Runner-Up: Team 2011 – Sport Southland 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Winner: English Language Partners Southland Inc
Runner-Up: Southland Riding for the Disabled 

Special Commendation
Southland Girls High School Relay for Life Team 

Supreme Winner
Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Trust