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Each new project gives community members the chance to take their community back. From small primary aged children to the older generation who have watched the community drift away, the Tauhara Community Support Initiative is re-engaging the people to stand up and it’s enabling the Tauhara area to become all it can be
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook

Tauhara Community Support Initiative won the Supreme Award at the 2014 Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards.

 

 

The Awards were announced and presented tonight, Monday 8 September, at a function at the Great Lake Centre, Taupō.

 

 

For winning the Supreme Award, Tauhara Community Support Initiative received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Tauhara Community Support Initiative now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in Wellington in March 2015.

 

 

Tauhara Community Support Initiative (and all category winners) also received a $500 radio advertising voucher from local Trustpower Community Awards supporter The Hits, The Radio Network Taupō. This is exclusive to the Taupō District and it will allow category winners and the Supreme Winner to profile their groups to the community through the radio station.

 

In total, Trustpower has presented over $5,000 to various community groups through the night’s Awards, the sixteenth for the district.

 

 

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook says Tauhara Community Support Initiative is an incredible example of people being the change they want to see in their community.

 

 

“This initiative developed by listening and working alongside community members to create a positive, supportive and vibrant community in Tauhara. The initiative has grown from the perception that Tauhara is an ‘at risk’ community and has since taken on a life of its own – set to improve and connect the community.

 

 

A ‘uniquely positive Tauhara’ is now on the way to becoming an area where community members feel empowered to make the change they want to see and to become re-engaged.

 

 

The initiative also involves many other charitable groups who are all working together to make positive change.

 

 

Each new project gives community members the chance to take their community back. From small primary aged children to the older generation who have watched the community drift away, the Tauhara Community Support Initiative is re-engaging the people to stand up and it’s enabling the Tauhara area to become all it can be,” says Kathlene.

 

Sixty entries were received for this year’s Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards.

Other winners at the night’s Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards were:

 

Heritage and Environment

Runner-Up: Mangakino District Returned Services Association

Winner: “FETCH” RNZSPCA Taupō Op Shop

                       

Health and Well Being

Runner-Up: Victim Support – Taupō/Turangi/Mangakino

Winner: Taupō Women’s Institute

 

Arts and Culture

Runner-Up: Taupō Youth Wind Band

Winner: Taupō Citizens Silver Band

 

Sport and Leisure

Commendation: Taupō Waka Ama Club Inc

Runner- up: Kuratau Community and School Hall

Winner:  Taupō Mountain Bike Club

 

Education and Child/Youth Development

Runner-Up: Kiwanis Club of Taupō

Winner: Youth in Emergency Services

Supreme Winner

Tauhara Community Support Initiative

 

Youth Community Spirit

Finalist: Hannah Fletcher

Winner: Bailey Dudley-Russell