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The beautiful Taupō District naturally has so much to offer, but what quite often goes under the radar is the immense amount of voluntary work going on behind the scenes in all aspects of the community to enhance this beautiful area. Volunteers are out there tirelessly working on environmental, cultural, sporting, health and educational activities that lift up the community and give it a heart. They are a formidable yet humble force, working behind the scenes at community events or as supportive coaches on the side-lines to the tireless fundraising teams; volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.
Kathlene Cook, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Entries for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards open on Monday 18 May. The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Taupō District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make the Taupō District a better place to live. Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation in the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards - including voluntary groups themselves.

Since the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards began in 1999 more than $70,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5,000 is up for grabs.

Last year, 58 groups were entered for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“The beautiful Taupō District naturally has so much to offer, but what quite often goes under the radar is the immense amount of voluntary work going on behind the scenes in all aspects of the community to enhance this beautiful area. Volunteers are out there tirelessly working on environmental, cultural, sporting, health and educational activities that lift up the community and give it a heart. They are a formidable yet humble force, working behind the scenes at community events or as supportive coaches on the side-lines to the tireless fundraising teams; volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

With the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards, everybody has the opportunity to recognise all these wonderful people who are giving their time for others. By just taking a few minutes out of your day, entering a group is so easy and means so much to those involved, and to the Taupō community,” says Miss Cook.

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 17 July to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards. Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres or can be completed online or on our Facebook page Trustpower Community. Entry Forms can also be received by calling Kathlene Cook on 0800 87 11 11 extn 4169.

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 Taupō District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Tauhara Community Support Initiative.