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Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust is empowering its community through an integrative and holistic approach to identifying its own needs, resources and solutions.
Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff

The Awards were announced and presented on Thursday 26th September at a function at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust now has the opportunity to represent the region 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 Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust is empowering its community through an integrative and holistic approach to identifying its own needs, resources and solutions. 

This quietly successful Highbury-based organisation is building a strong and vibrant community which takes responsibility for its own care and development, as well as addressing the issues it struggles with, like domestic violence and educational underachievement. It’s created a nurturing environment for local children through the active engagement and support of adults, parents and youth who have volunteered their time to providing a vast range of exciting activities, events and resources. 

In the last year alone, Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust has given Farnham Park some attention, with a planting project and some new walking tracks, it’s been the setting for Bike Wise events, Picnic in the Park and a massive Matariki celebration – all well-attended, thanks to these volunteers. 

Back at the centre, the team has been busy hosting holiday programmes, jam-packed with dance, drama, arts, sports and singing. They’ve painted their new Adult and Family Learning Centre and the rest of the facility and the grounds have been landscaped too. On a daily basis, volunteers are tasked with reception duties and work in the Early Childhood Centre too, with its pioneering learning community of whanau, community and parent educators. Singing lessons, kapa haka, counselling and therapy and two support groups for young mums are provided as well, amongst so much more. 

So for building up their community with leadership and organisational skills and knowledge, so that they are enabled to unleash their potential, Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust will be representing Palmerston North at the next TrustPower National Community Awards,” says Suzi. 

A record-breaking ninety seven entries were received for this year’s TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards.

Other recipients at the 2013 TrustPower Palmerston North Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment 
Runner-Up: Environment Network Manawatu 
Winner: Dera Sacha Sauda 

Health and Well Being
Commendation: Volunteer Resource Centre – Manawatu and Districts
Runner-Up: Palmerston North St John Friends of the Emergency Department
Winner: Just Zilch 

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Abbey Musical Theatre
Winner: Te Piringa Kapa Haka 

Sport and Leisure
Runner-Up: Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club
Winner: Palmerston North Esplanade Scenic Railway 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Manawatu Riding for the Disabled
Winner: Manawatu Branch of the Mountain Safety Council 

Supreme Winner
Te Aroha Noa Community Services Trust