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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.
Graeme Purches, TrustPower Community Relations Manager

The Supreme Winner was Kaibosh, representing Wellington City.

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. 

Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust was represented at the TrustPower National Community Awards by Phil Rossiter and Marion Boatwright, along with Buller District Mayor Pat McManus. 

Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust has created the 85km dual-use trail known as the “The Old Ghost Road” which is aiming to link but the heritage and prospected goldfields at Mokihinui and Lyell. It also showcases the region’s scene aural heritage while creating a unique tourist attraction. The trust’s volunteers have been working on the project since 2006. 

As TrustPower National Community Award Runner Up, the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust receives $1,500 prize money, a $200 voucher from Exult, a leading and specialist training provider for the community sector and a framed certificate. 

The Supreme Winner, Kaibosh, receives a trophy, $2,500 prize money, a $500 voucher from Exult and a framed certificate.

TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches says that Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust is a great example of a group of volunteers who are preserving their local heritage while sparking the local economy by attracting more tourists.

TrustPower is proud to lead the way in recognising, rewarding and celebrating the incredible contribution volunteers make to New Zealand communities.

“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 Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust include:
- A massive undertaking. Thanks for opening up a beautiful part of the country.
- Amazing effort. World iconic track created by volunteers – inspiring! 

Please find below background information about the TrustPower Community Awards and TrustPower National Community Awards. 

For more information, interviews with the winners or photos of Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust accepting the Award, please contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894