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The volunteers have put on five productions, and carried out six workshops. The voluntary work that goes into these workshops, productions and plays is huge. There are no paid employees; everyone mucks in for the love it!
Teresa Partridge, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented Monday 29 April at a function at Fairview Estate in Katikati. 

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

In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says three years ago Katikati went from having no live theatre performances, with no equipment or wardrobe to a vibrant bunch of enthusiastic volunteers who have put their hands up and decided to tell stories through the medium of theatre.

“The volunteers have put on five productions, and carried out six workshops. The voluntary work that goes into these workshops, productions and plays is huge. There are no paid employees; everyone mucks in for the love it! 

There are those acting roles – the ones that all of us see, but there is an even bigger bunch of volunteers supporting these actors; from front of house, stage management, costuming, sound and lighting, building the set and stage, programme and poster design, to those serving and making refreshments.

It’s great to know Katikati’s taste for theatre is well supported by such a rich collection of creative’s creating fabulous work across a variety of ages and abilities,” says Mrs Partridge. 

 Fifty seven groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Western Bay of Plenty Community Awards.

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Western Bay of Plenty Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Oropi Native Bird Rescue Haven
Commendation: Waitao Kaiate Environmental Care Group
Joint Runner-Up: Athenree Homestead Trust
Joint Runner-Up: Katikati Heritage Museum Society
Winner: Te Puke Forest & Bird and Kiwi Conservation Club 

Health and Well Being
Runner-Up: Katikati Plant and Produce Market
Winner: Katikati Cancer Support Group 

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Te Puke Scottish Society
Winner: Paengaroa Community Association 

Sport and Leisure
Commendation: Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard
Runner- up: Tennis Seniors Western Bay of Plenty
Winner: Katikati Skateboarding Club 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Waihi Beach Lifeguard Service
Winner: Life Education Trust Western Bay of Plenty 

Supreme Winner
Katikati Theatre Incorporated 

Youth Spirit
Runner-up: Nicki Shaw, Katikati College
Winner: Jessica Earle, Te Puke High School 

The Awards are being presented at a function this evening, Monday 29 April, at Fairview Estate, Katikati, starting at 6pm. Media are welcome to attend. 

For more information or for photos of the winners please contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349