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This event showcases the wide range of migrant cultures within Mid-Canterbury via ethnic food stalls, cultural performing arts and culturally themed interactive children’s activities.
Ashburton District Mayor Angus McKay

The Awards were announced and presented on Tuesday 11 June at a function at the MSA. 

For winning the Supreme Award, the Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. The Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network 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 gave away over $5,000 to various community groups through the Awards. 

Ashburton District Mayor Angus McKay says the Multi Cultural Bite is a wonderful celebration of the diversity in Ashburton. 

“This event showcases the wide range of migrant cultures within Mid-Canterbury via ethnic food stalls, cultural performing arts and culturally themed interactive children’s activities,” says Mayor McKay. 

 TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville the Multi Cultural Bite boasts a spectacular smorgasbord of performance, international cuisine and opportunities to learn from one another. 

“With 16 food stalls featuring their country of origin’s flag, multiple cultural performances and an interactive children’s area there is no better place to celebrate Waitangi day in Mid Canterbury than at Multi Cultural Bite.

“But this well organised event doesn’t happen by mistake, there is a small but dedicated committee who set to work six months prior. Through regular meetings they organise the logistics of the day, promotion, registrations, fundraising and they ensure the website is kept up to date. 

“Closer to the day more than 100 volunteers’ pitch in and help with erecting food stall tents and signage, security, setting up tables and chairs and generally getting everything looking just right before packing it all up again. 

“Multi Cultural Bite is bursting with flavour and helping create a stronger, more connected and resilient community,” says Miss Somerville. 

A record fifty-six groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Rakaia Beautification Committee
Runner-Up: Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club
Winner: Hakatere Historic Buildings Committee 

Health and Well Being
Commendation: Friends of Ashburton Hospital and Tuarangi
Runner-Up: Hand Over A Hundy
Winner: The Order of St John Health Shuttle 

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Mid Canterbury Choir
Winner: Variety Theatre Ashburton 

Sport and Leisure
Commendation: Ashburton Mountain Bike Club
Commendation: Tinwald Cycling Club
Runner- up: Methven Lions Club
Winner: Longbeach Coastal Challenge Committee 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Altrusa International of Ashburton
Winner: Mid Canterbury Children’s Day Committee 

Supreme Winner
Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network 

Youth Spirit
Winner: Abbey Marshall
Runner-up: Alice Todhunter