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While for most groups, the only reward sought is the satisfaction of knowing they have added to the fabric of life in our district, it is timely to pause and take the chance to say "well done" to some of those organisations whose work has inspired us.
Kevin Winters, Rotorua Mayor

Entries for TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards open on Monday 17 June 2013. The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Rotorua District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make Rotorua a better place to live. 

Since the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards began in 1999 more than $62,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $5,000 is up for grabs. 

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. 

Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters values the contribution that volunteers make to Rotorua, and says the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge some of those generous volunteer organisations which make a real difference to our community. 

“Rotorua is fortunate to have a large number of such organisations making a very worthwhile contribution where it is needed most. 

While for most groups, the only reward sought is the satisfaction of knowing they have added to the fabric of life in our district, it is timely to pause and take the chance to say "well done" to some of those organisations whose work has inspired us,” says Mayor Kevin. 

Last year 46 groups were entered for the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards. TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge believes there are still many more voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition. 

“Rotorua is a community-minded city that has an impressive volunteering culture. Through the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards more groups surface every year 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. 

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 make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Mrs Partridge. 

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. Last year’s TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards Supreme Winner was Keep Rotorua Beautiful. 

Entries for the TrustPower Spirit of Rotorua Awards close at 5pm on Friday 16 August. 

For more information, contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative

Phone

(07) 572 9349