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Whakatāne District is a resourceful part of the country with a great sense of community. Through the TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards, our aim is that even more groups surface that are doing amazing things for the benefit of the entire community.
Suzi Luff, Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator

Entries for the TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards open today Monday 15 April. The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Whakatāne District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make the Whakatāne District a better place to live. 

$5,500 was presented to hardworking voluntary groups and organisations last year at the inaugural TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards. This year more than $5000 is up for grabs. 

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. 

Last year 58 entries were received for the TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards. TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff believes that although this was an outstanding response, there are still plenty more voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition. 

“Whakatāne District is a resourceful part of the country with a great sense of community. Through the TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards, our aim is that even more groups surface that are doing amazing things for the benefit of the entire community. 

Many activities, events, projects, programmes, sports, and services are provided thanks to the region’s hard working volunteers. But often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes of your time to enter a voluntary group but it will be an enormous boost for the group you are recognising,” says Suzi. 

Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centres or can be completed online by clicking here. Entry Forms can also be received by calling Suzi Luff on 0800 87 11 11. 

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and the Supreme Winner will take home $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards being held in the Invercargill and Southland regions. Last year’s TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Manawahe Eco Trust.

Entries for the TrustPower Whakatāne District Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 21 June 2013. 

For more information, contact:

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Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894