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The Men’s Shed is a place where men who are passionate about helping others can come and share knowledge, learn new skills and mentor youth while working together on community projects.
Teresa Partridge, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 13 May at a function at ASB Arena, Baypark. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Tauranga Men’s Shed received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Tauranga Men’s Shed now has the opportunity to represent Tauranga City 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 Tauranga has the country’s highest proportion of men aged over 60. Many have moved here in retirement, leaving behind their sheds and home workshops. 

“The Men’s Shed is a place where men who are passionate about helping others can come and share knowledge, learn new skills and mentor youth while working together on community projects. 

The Shed is a space created by these volunteers at the Historic Village, with rooms for woodworking and carpentry. People in the community have donated tools and machinery for the collective cause. 

This project is fantastic for many retired men who have downsized their homes and lost their sheds and garages. At the shed the men can get dirty while working on a range of projects. There is always a continuous demand for the group to work on repairs for the Hospice shops, St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Schools, Churches, community garden groups, hospitals and the list goes on, these volunteers are willing to help out whoever may need a helping hand in the community. 

Being open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm and most Saturdays, the 26 core volunteers of the Tauranga Men’s Shed collectively work over 400 hours a week to provide a place where men of all abilities can get involved. By providing this workplace environment it is giving men a focus and common ground in which to communicate and build their self-worth,” says Mrs Partridge. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Tauranga Community Awards was tough with 72 groups entered for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Tauranga Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Community Fruit Tauranga
Runner-Up: Merivale Community Gardens
Winner: Get Growing Community Gardens 

Health and Well Being
Commendation: 4Good Charitable Trust
Runner-Up: Tauranga Community Patrol
Winner: Victim Support Tauranga 

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Tauranga Regional Multicultural Council
Winner: Village Radio 

Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: Special Olympics Tauranga
Winner: Tauranga BMX Club 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Commendation: Tauranga SeniorNet Club
Runner-Up: Welcome Bay Community Charitable Trust
Winner: Otumoetai Rotary Club 

Youth Spirit
Winner: Thea James, Aquinas College
Finalist: Carinda Reyneke, Bethlehem College
Finalist: Kristen Vanderschantz, Tauranga Girls’ College
Finalist: Dylan Donne, Tauranga Boys’ College 

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

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349