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Last year 102 groups were entered for the Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards – a record amount.

The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Dunedin City Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make Dunedin a better place to live. 

Since the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards began in 2001 more than $65,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $5000 is up for grabs. 

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. 

Last year 102 groups were entered for the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards – a record amount. TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville believes there are still many more voluntary groups out there who deserve recognition. 

“Dunedin is a community-minded city that has an impressive volunteering culture. Through the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards every year, more groups surface that are doing amazing things for the benefit of the entire community. 

Many activities, events, projects, programmes, sports, and services are provided thanks to the region’s hard working volunteers. But often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve your community – just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes of your time to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Miss Somerville .

Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centres or can be completed online by clicking here. 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 Educational 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 to the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards. Last year’s TrustPower Dunedin Community Award Supreme Winner was the Otago Excursion Train Trust and they will be representing the region at the TrustPower National Community Awards in the Far North this March. 

Entries for the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 8 March. 

For more information, contact:


Jess Somerville

Community Relations Representative


0800 87 11 11 extn 4310 or 021 791 084