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This is the second year that the Trustpower Whakatane District Community Awards have been run. Last year, 58 entries for the Trustpower Community Awards were received.

The TrustPower Whakatane District Community Awards, run in partnership with the Whakatane District Council, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to their community.  

This is the second year that the TrustPower Whakatane District Community Awards have been run. Last year, 58 entries for the TrustPower Community Awards were received. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff believes there are plenty of voluntary groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

“Volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the community. We must remember that volunteers fundraise, they build and preserve things and they host events. They coordinate health support groups and they teach new skills and sports and then there are others who will even save your life and property if they need to. 

These Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour some of the Whakatane District’s hardworking and generous volunteers and it means we get the chance to share with the community all the wonderful things that this district’s volunteers are doing for the benefit of many. 

Now it’s your chance to say ‘thanks’ to these volunteers who work hard for your community by entering them in the TrustPower Community Awards. It only takes a few minutes to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real difference to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Suzi. 

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the TrustPower Whakatane District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 21 June. 

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. The category winners receive $500 and runners up take home $250. The Supreme Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner was the Manawahe Eco Trust. 

Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centre, they can be completed online by clicking here or you can call Community Relations on 0800 87 11 11. 

The regional TrustPower Whakatane District Community Awards will be presented at a function at the Whakatane Little Theatre on Tuesday 27 August. 

 For more information, contact:


Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator


(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894