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By being a free and all inclusive event, a whole new audience was able to enjoy these incredible displays.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Representatives of the Light Nelson Trust received, on behalf of the dozens of other volunteers involved, a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 in prize money. These folks also will have the opportunity to represent the region at the 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards, being held in Dunedin next March.

In total, Trustpower gave away over $6,000 to various community groups through the awards last night, and have doled out more than $85,000 through the awards programme within the Nelson Tasman region since it began in 2000.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says this event transformed the city’s historic Queens Gardens into a magical wonderland full of stunning light displays and installations

“It’s estimated that the 100 volunteers who helped in the lead up and throughout this event put in around 10,000 hours. That’s mind blowing, but it’s also a real testament to the creativity, talent and ‘can-do’ attitude within the community,” Somerville says.

“But on top of this it benefitted local artists through the opportunities to get involved and contribute to such a large scale display,” she said.

Nelson City Mayor Rachel Reese says Light Nelson was an incredibly innovative art installation.

“Behind the scenes of this spectacular display was an impressive volunteer crew that helped with everything from creating the artworks, setting up the event to even hosting the many visitors that flocked to check it out. Congratulations to all who were involved in pulling this event off in 2014”, says Mayor Reese.

The competition for this year’s Awards was strong with a solid 87 entries received.

Category Winners:

Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Project De-Vine
Runner-Up: Natureland Wildlife Trust
Winner: New Zealand Society of Genealogists Nelson

Health and Well Being
Runner-Up: NZ Cancer Society-Nelson Centre
Winner: Red Cross
Commendation: Nelson Community Food Bank Trust
Commendation: Order of St John
Commendation: Keeping Kids Warm

Arts and Culture
Winner: Celtic Pipe Band
Runner-up: Sukita Project

Sport and Leisure
Runner Up: Inclusive Sport Trust
Winner: Coastguard Nelson
Commendation: Golden Bay Promotion Association Inc

Education and Child/Youth Development
Joint Winner - Education & Child Youth Development: Iron Duke Sea Scout Group
Joint Winner - Education & Child Youth Development: St John Youth
Runner Up - Education & Child Youth Development: Winning with Words
Commendation: The Nelson Ark

Supreme Winner
Light Nelson Trust

Tasman Award

Community Fruit Harvesting Nelson
Nelson Award

Youth Spirit
Nari Casley, Youth Spirit Award Winner
Dustin Blazek, Youth Spirit Award finalist
Sophie Ross, Youth Spirit Award finalist
Amber Terrill, Youth Spirit Award finalist
Rhys Griffith, Youth Spirit Award finalist