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Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Entries for the annual Trustpower Buller Community Awards open today. The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Buller District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make Buller a better place to live and work.

Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the Trustpower Buller District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.

Since the Trustpower Buller Community Awards began in 2000 more than $65,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5000 is up for grabs.

Buller District Mayor Garry Howard says that our volunteers are very special people.

“I’m continually humbled and very proud of the extensive network of voluntary groups in our community. The Trustpower Community Awards provide us a fantastic opportunity to say THANK-YOU”, says Mayor Howard.

Last year eighty groups were entered for the Trustpower Buller Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“Voluntary groups are a formidable force of good in the Buller community and everyday members benefit from their hard work. From the teams that work behind the scenes at community events to the supportive coaches on the side-lines to the tireless fundraising teams; volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Buller community is to ensure volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for. This is especially relevant with National Volunteer Week being held next week!

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

 Locals have until 5pm on Friday 1 August to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Buller Community Awards. Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards.  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 Education and Child/Youth Development. Category winners receive $500, runners-up receive $250 and