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For winning the Supreme Award, Kihikihi Residents and Ratepayers received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Over 110 people gathered at the Cambridge Town Hall this evening for the awards which were presented by Mayor Jim Mylchreest and Trustpower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches.

Kihikihi Residents and Ratepayers now have the opportunity to represent the district at the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Dunedin region in March 2016.

In total, Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says it’s amazing what a group of likeminded and passionate people can achieve when they work together. 

“Over the past few years Kihikihi has undergone a transformation, and it’s been driven by a core group of 12 volunteers. Together this team are improving the image and culture of their town and also fostering greater awareness of its unique heritage and culture.

“A lot of their success can be attributed to their approach; to engage the community right from the beginning. Because of this collaboration they were able to produce a comprehensive development plan which was submitted to Council and working bees have been a huge success.  Some of this progress includes the new gardens, lighting, parking, paving and signage - which incorporates the Kihikihi or ‘cicada’ theme.  

“Not only this, but they have also tidied up the Maniapoto reserve at the centre of town by removing unwanted trees, weeds and graffiti. They have identified some property owners needing assistance in tidying up their properties and helped with removing trees, water blasting, painting, replaced spouting and much more.

“By getting the community involved, their efforts have resulted in increased community pride, more people are stopping off, and businesses are reporting increased trade. The future looks exciting for this little town and it’s thanks to the vision of this group,” says Miss Somerville.

Other award recipients at tonight’s Trustpower Waipa District Community Awards were:

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Kihikihi Police House Restoration Trust
Winner: Mangaohoi Stream Care Group 
Health and Well Being
Commendation: Te Awamutu Community Health Transport Trust
Runner-Up: Te Awamutu Maori Women's Welfare League
Winner: St Johns Volunteers -Te Awamutu

Arts and Culture
Commendation: Te Awamutu Little Theatre
Runner-Up: Te Awamutu Competitions Society Inc
Winner: Pirongia Craft Day Committee

Sport and Leisure
Commendation: Special Olympics Te Awamutu
Runner- up: Waipa Mountain Bike Club
Winner:  Cambridge Racquets Club

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Cambridge-Rotorua Live Steamers Inc
Winner: Rotary Club of Kihikihi

Supreme Winner
Kihikihi Residents and Ratepayers

Youth Spirit
Winner: Megan Hemming
Runner-up: Jemma Mundy-Hermann