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Rotorua is a community filled with hundreds of volunteers working together to establish resilience.
Trustpower Community Relations represenative, Jess Somerville

Run in partnership with the Rotorua Lakes Council, the Awards are open to all voluntary groups, organisations and individuals working to make Rotorua a better place to live.

Previously run as separate events, since the Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards began in 1999 more than $72,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5000 is up for grabs. Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation for the Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.

Last year thirty-eight groups were entered for the Trustpower Rotorua Lakes 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.

“The Trustpower Community Awards acknowledge the tireless work of volunteers and the important role they play in the community.  They are an invaluable asset to the community but their work often goes unrecognised.   Acknowledging their contributions shows that their input and commitment is appreciated!

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.    

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick encourages people to get behind the Awards. 

“Each year volunteers make an enormous contribution to the Rotorua community; from coaching sports teams to driving environmental projects to helping families along their way.  The value of volunteers is often underestimated and the Trustpower Community Awards and council led Rotorua Lakes Community Awards are a fantastic way of giving them the recognition that they so richly deserve”, says Mayor Chadwick.

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 24 April to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards and council led Rotorua Lakes 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 the Supreme Winner will take home $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Empowered Learning Trust.