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The Rarangi District Residents Association includes over 250 households who get involved with their community, volunteer and help out wherever possible to improve their little town.
Teresa Partridge, TrustPower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented on Tuesday 30 October at a function at the Wisheart Room, Marlborough Civic Theatre. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Rarangi District Residents Association received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Rarangi District Residents Association will now represent the district at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Far North district in March 2013.

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

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says the Rarangi District Residents Association includes over 250 households who get involved with their community, volunteer and help out wherever possible to improve their little town. 

“They are behind a number of impressive projects in Rarangi that are helping create a more vibrant community. These developments started with the construction of a playground in partnership with the Marlborough District Council. This playground was built near the community hall, becoming an extension of the community hub. There was community consultation regarding the playground site and equipment and now that it is complete has proved incredibly popular with local families. The official playground opening was held in conjunction with a community craft fair and the Association put on a sausage sizzle and afternoon tea which was provided by the residents. 

Due to the popularity of this new facility the team decided to create an extended recreation area by adding a bike track through the pines. This pump track is the only one in Marlborough, so many novices and experts enjoy the track. This project was initiated in partnership with the Department of Conservation and was all hands on deck with volunteers clad in gumboots and manning chainsaws, shovels and other machinery. 

Besides being very well used by the local adults and children, Rarangi has also had a lot of visitors from town and further afield come to visit and enjoy the track and playground. 

The community are certainly enjoying the fruit of this labour and as well as on-going maintenance the Association are already in planning mode for what will happen next,” says Mrs Partridge. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards was tough with 50 groups entered for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust
Joint Runner-Up: Renwick Museum & Watson Memorial Library
Joint Runner-Up: The Edwin Fox Museum 

Health and Well Being
Winner: Marlborough Newcomers Network
Runner-Up: Marlborough Community Foodbank
Commendation: Presbyterian Support Volunteer Service 

Arts and Culture
Winner: Picton Maritime Festival Trust
Joint Runner-Up: Marlborough Youth Orchestra
Joint Runner-Up: Marlborough Creative Fibre Guild 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Marlborough Riding for the Disabled
Runner-Up: RideON Marlborough 

Educational and Child/Youth Development
Winner: St John Blenheim Youth
Runner-Up: Nativity Youth Community
Commendation: Foundation for Youth Development 

For more information or for photos of the winners please contact:


Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative


(07) 572 9349