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Maria is an outstanding leader, a very civic minded woman of the highest integrity and it is a pleasure to highlight some of her achievements through this Award.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Award will be presented at the TrustPower Grey District Community Awards held on Tuesday 13 August at the Kingsgate Hotel. 

Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Grey District Community Awards, the TrustPower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Grey District Council. 

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The runner-up for this Award is Sam Kenny from Grey District High School. 

To be considered for the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and been a good ambassador for the school and the Grey District. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Maria is a generous, caring and motivated young lady who makes a significant contribution to the Greymouth community through her school, sport and volunteer work. 

“At John Paul Maria is part of the ball committee, is a house leader, she has helped revive and grow the school Kapa Haka group and she has been instrumental in organising a variety of other cultural events. 

“Sport has always played a big part of Maria’s life, and over the years she has participated in sports such as netball, hockey, basketball and rugby. Her efforts have resulted in her being named Sportswomen of the year on several occasions and she has represented the region for netball. 

“Out in the community over the summer months this caring young lady patrols the beaches as part of Surf Life Saving and she helps with fundraising too. Maria is also part of the Grey District Young Persons Development Trust, and together they have organised the annual West Coast Student Voice Conference, Children’s Day, Youth Week activities and they helped plant native trees along Blaketown Beach. However their major project was the completion of the BMX Track which was officially opened in February this year. 

“Maria is an outstanding leader, a very civic minded woman of the highest integrity and it is a pleasure to highlight some of her achievements through this Award,” says Miss Somerville. 

For winning the Award Maria will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of her choice.