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The construction of the Hokitika Cemetery Information Kiosk and the information panels not only commemorate the District’s history, but also ensures that gravesites are easier to find.
Maureen Pug, Westland District Mayor

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 12 August at a function at the Beachfront Hotel. 

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

In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through this years Awards. 

Westland District Mayor Maureen Pugh says the construction of the Hokitika Cemetery Information Kiosk and the information panels not only commemorate the District’s history, but also ensures that gravesites are easier to find. 

“Heritage Hokitika’s attention to detail and devotion to the project will be valued by the community for generations to come,” says Mayor Maureen Pugh. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville agrees that after much planning, fundraising and considerable research the resulting information kiosk is something to be very proud of. 

“The idea for an information kiosk came after a number of concerns around the fate of unmarked gravesites, difficulty of finding gravestones and the lack of recorded history of the hospital was raised. Heritage Hokitika believed the construction of an information kiosk with dedicated information panels would best solve these concerns. 

“The entire project spanned over 4 years with great attention paid to historical accuracy. Volunteers undertook substantial research, fundraised and worked with council and a local builder on the plans,” says Miss Somerville. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Westland Community Awards was strong with 33 groups entered for the Awards. 

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

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Hokitika Lions Club
Winner: Whataroa RSA 

 Health and Well Being
Commendation: Hokitika SPCA
Commendation: RSA Ladies
Runner-Up: Hokitika Grey Power Association
Winner: Kokatahi and Kowhitirangi Rural Volunteer Fire Force 

Arts and Culture
Runner-Up: Driftwood and Sand
Winner: Hokitika Lions Club 

Sport and Leisure
Commendation: South Westland Triathlon Committee
Runner- up: South Westland Netball Club
Winner: Westland High School 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Commendation: Hokitika Volunteer Plunket Committee
Runner-Up: Cactus Westland Trust
Winner: Big Brothers Big Sisters 

Supreme Winner
Heritage Hokitika Inc 

Youth Spirit
Winner: MahMah Timoteo
Runner-up: Ryan Bloomfield