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Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first dedicated food rescue organisation that is bridging the gap between businesses that are willing to donate surplus and the charities that need it in central Wellington.

The Awards were announced on Saturday 23 March at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards Dinner, held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Waitangi. 

The Runner-Up was the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust, representing the Buller District. 

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

Kaibosh was represented at the TrustPower National Community Awards by Robyn and George Langlands and Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Alistair Nicholson. 

Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first dedicated food rescue organisation that is bridging the gap between businesses that are willing to donate surplus and the charities that need it in central Wellington. 

At the TrustPower National Community Awards Kaibosh gave an eight minute presentation during which they told the participants of their innovative and enterprising vision to address a need that essentially feeds those in need while also helping businesses to reduce their food waste. 

As TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner, Kaibosh receives a trophy, $2,500 prize money, a $500 voucher from Exult, a leading specialist training provider for the community sector, and a framed certificate. 

TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches says Kaibosh is a strong example of people identifying a need and an innovative solution to help the wider collective. 

“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 Radio NZ host Jim Mora, Jan Harrison from Volunteering New Zealand and Malcolm Cameron, QSM and 2012 Senior New Zealander of the Year.

Also involved in the judging process were each of the 24 voluntary groups at the Awards, with the peer voting making up 50% of the final judging score and the independent judging panel’s votes making up the other 50%. The groups were judged on five criteria: Volunteer Input; Utilisation of Resources; Initiative and Creativity; Effectiveness of Activities; and Impact on District. 

The judges’ comments about Kaibosh include:
- I hope that this model of a fantastic project gets picked up in other cities.
- What an idea. What potential. What impressive results you have achieved. 

Contact for Kaibosh: Robyn Langlands, phone 027 500 6860.

For more information, interviews with the winners or photos please contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894