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Im looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative, Jess Somerville

Nelson and Tasman residents now have the annual opportunity to recognise the dedication of their local voluntary groups – with entries for the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards now open. Run in partnership with the Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council, the Awards are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make this region a better place to live.

Since the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards began in 1999 more than $82,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $7500 is up for grabs.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the Trustpower Community Awards acknowledge the tireless work of volunteers and the important role they play in the community. 

"They are an invaluable asset to the community but their work often goes unrecognised.   Acknowledging their contributions shows that their input and commitment is appreciated!

"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 group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Miss Somerville.    

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 1 May to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards. Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres or can be completed online at www.Trustpower.co.nz/communityawards.  Entry Forms can also be received by calling Jess Somerville on 0800 87 11 11.

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Education 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 for two representatives to the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards Supreme Winner was Project Butterfly.