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Maungatautari is a 47km predator proof haven with 3,400 hectares of pastureland and it is the largest ecological island on Mainland New Zealand.
Teresa Partridge, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 20 May at a function at the Cambridge Town Hall. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.

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

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says Maungatautari is a 47km predator proof haven with 3,400 hectares of pastureland and it is the largest ecological island on Mainland New Zealand. 

“This group are forever carrying out projects to reach their goals. Over the last 12 months a major project undertaken by these volunteers was hosting Sirocco the Kakapo when he visited Maungatautari. 

Before Sirocco came volunteers designed and built a special facility for displaying and accommodating this amazing bird. During his seven week stay the volunteers ensured a smooth running of the programme, with night tours open for the community. 

Four times each night a group of volunteers met groups of up to 25 visitors, welcomed them and then another group gave them an informative 20 minute presentation. More volunteers then drove each group to the entry gate and handed over the visitors to yet more volunteers who guided each group to encounter an up and close experience with Sirocco. Finally there was a guided bush walk back to the visitor centre! 

Over the course of Sirocco’s stay the public flocked to Maungatautari with more than 5,000 coming to enjoy the experience. The volunteers would often start at 5pm, after a full day’s work, and at times it was after midnight before they would go home. 

The effort, dedication and enthusiasm that these volunteers put into realising Siroccos visit was impressive! 

This project is just one aspect of the volunteer’s role at Maungatautari they also fence and monitor pests, relocate species, build tracks and bridges, weed, plant and the list goes on. And it is all of this hard work over the years as well that these volunteers are winning this Supreme Award tonight,” says Mrs Partridge.

Fifty one groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Cambridge Community Marae
Winner: Pirongia Te Aroaroa o Kahu Restoration Society 

Health and Well Being
Commendation: Cambridge Cancer Support Group
Runner-Up: Te Awamutu Community Menz Shed
Winner: Pirongia Voluntary Rural Fire Force

Arts and Culture
Commendation: Cambridge Society of Arts
Runner-Up: Synergy Trust
Winner: Te Awamutu Competition Society of the Performing Arts 

Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club
Winner: Cambridge Junior Rugby and Community Sports Club 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Commendation: Community Development Team 24/7 Youth Work
Runner-Up: Rotary Club of Kihikihi
Winner: Kiwisport Leaders - Waipa 

Youth Spirit
Winner: Lydia Barker, Te Awamutu College
Finalist: Danielle Fuller, Cambridge High School
Finalist: Laura Smith, St Peters College 

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


Teresa Partridge

Community Relations Representative


(07) 572 9349