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Since the Trustpower Wairoa Community Awards began in 2000 more than $74,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups in the region, and this year more than $5000 is up for grabs.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

This awards programme is run in partnership with the Wairoa District Council, and set up as an opportunity to recognise local voluntary groups’ contributions to their communities.

Last year a record 31 entries were received for the Trustpower Wairoa Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville is on the hunt to top that number, and will be turning over every community and neighbourhood to find the local good sorts next month.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the district in July to find some of those groups and people myself; we all know how humble and unassuming volunteers can be.

“But it’s actually really important that, despite their humility, we do remember to say ‘thank you’ for all their hard work. Volunteers make our communities better places to live, work and raise kids, and that should never be taken for granted. These awards are just one small way we can say ‘cheers for that’, and make these local heroes feel a bit special,” Somerville said.

Wairoa District Mayor Craig Little says that he is blown away every week by new volunteer achievements that are strengthening the Wairoa community.

“It humbles and inspires me to see the breadth and variety of projects volunteers are supporting. I want to really encourage people to get behind these volunteers and enter them for the Trustpower Community Awards,” says Mayor Little.

One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Wairoa communities is to ensure volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for. Locals have until 5pm on Friday, August 7 to get entries in for this year’s awards.

Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres, like the libraries or info centres, or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards, and on our Facebook page.

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 Wairoa Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Wairoa Athletics Club - a group behind the resurgence of Athletics in the community.