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The once a year opportunity to celebrate and recognise local volunteers has arrived in the Taupō district. 

Entries for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards open today (Monday 15 May). The Awards, which are run in partnership with the Taupō  District Council, are open to all voluntary groups and organisations working to make the district and its many towns a better place to live.

Since the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards began in 1999 more than $90,000 has been given away to voluntary groups and organisations. This year more than $5000 is up for grabs.

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

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge believes there are still many groups out there who deserve recognition. 

“Voluntary groups do a tremendous amount to improve the lives of people in our communities, and to protect our pristine beaches and forests, and wildlife. Through the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards we’ve be able to recognise and reward dozens of groups for their efforts, but we need your help to uncover the many other groups who deserve their day in the sun.

Many activities, events, projects, programmes, sports, and services are only made possible by hard working volunteers. But often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers, just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes to enter a voluntary group, but the recognition from their community will have a lasting impact,” says Mrs Partridge.      

Entry Forms for the Trustpower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards.  Entry Forms can also be received by calling Teresa Partridge on 0800 87 11 11.  

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational 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 to the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Nga Hau e Wha Whanau Hoe Inc.  

Entries for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards close at 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017. 

For more information contact:
Teresa Partridge
Trustpower Community Relations Representative
Ph: 0800 87 11 11 
Mobile: 027 200 8923  
Email: mailto:teresa@trustpower.co.nz