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Powered by close to 30 volunteers, Pahiatua Help-N-Hand’s free support, assistance and mentoring through four complimenting core services, all aim to increase life skills, encourage participation in the community and a ‘can do’ attitude.
Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff

The Awards were announced and presented on Wednesday 25th September at a function at The Hub, in Dannevirke. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Pahiatua Help-N-Hand received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Pahiatua Help-N-Hand now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Invercargill and Southland regions in March 2014. 

In total, TrustPower presented over $5,000 to various community groups through these Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff says Pahiatua Help-N-Hand is providing successful and integrative support services so locals can cope with life’s challenges in a resilient fashion. 

“Powered by close to 30 volunteers, Pahiatua Help-N-Hand’s free support, assistance and mentoring through four complimenting core services, all aim to increase life skills, encourage participation in the community and a ‘can do’ attitude. 

Bush SuperGrans, the Pahiatua Budget Service, Foodbank and Community Garden all work together to ensure people aren’t struggling unnecessarily and that they are able to advance towards long-term solutions. 

Because the circumstances of this group’s clients are confidential, Help-N-Hand enjoy their successes quietly. A favourite success is to have clients become volunteers once their issues are resolved and in time they move onto employment, get more involved in the community and so the community spirit cycle continues….they find their place in the community, thanks to the hearts of Help-N-Hand. 

So for all of their hard work towards building a community services hub and network that is such a vital and significant asset to this community, meeting so many crucial needs, Pahiatua Help-N-Hand will be representing Tararua District at the next TrustPower National Community Awards, “says Suzi. 

A staggering seventy entries were received for this year’s TrustPower Tararua District Community Awards. 

Other recipients at the 2013 TrustPower Tararua District Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Dannevirke SPCA
Winner: Dannevirke Gallery of History 

Health and Well Being
Runner-Up: Elske Centre
Winner: Pahiatua Lions Club Inc.

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Radio Dannevirke
Winner: Pahiatua Repertory Society 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Eketahuna Rugby Club 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Pahiatua Toy Library
Winner: Pahiatua Girl Guide Association 

Supreme Winner
Pahiatua Help-N-Hand