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All of the awesome and special things and events in our communities wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Volunteers are the ones who step up when the budget just isn’t there. They are the ones that come forward with the innovation and passion. They are the ones who see something the community needs and who put in hours to make sure their community gets it!
Kathlene Cook, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Entries for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards open on Monday 16 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 Taupō District a better place to live. Anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation in the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards - including voluntary groups themselves.

Volunteers are the backbone of every community and these awards are all about saying thank you. A boost of recognition can make all the difference for hard-working community groups.

Since the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards began in 1999 more than $85,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5,000 is up for grabs.

Last year, 54 groups were entered for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards. Trustpower Community Relations Representative Kathlene Cook is looking forward to seeing the community get on board to recognise more of these local unsung heroes.

“All of the awesome and special things and events in our communities wouldn’t exist without volunteers. Volunteers are the ones who step up when the budget just isn’t there. They are the ones that come forward with the innovation and passion. They are the ones who see something the community needs and who put in hours to make sure their community gets it!

The Taupō District is unique with its large lake environment and its holiday type thoroughfare. So many wonderful volunteering activities take place in this adventurous, sporting, culture-filled and tightknit community every year.

Volunteers are out there tirelessly working on environmental, cultural, sporting, health and educational activities that lift up the community and give it a heart. They are a formidable yet humble force!

With the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards, everybody has the opportunity to recognise all these wonderful people who are giving their time for others. By just taking a few minutes out of your day, entering a group is so easy and means so much to those involved, and to the Taupō community,” says Miss Cook.

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 15 July to get entries in for this year’s Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards. Entry Forms are available from Council offices or service centres or can be completed online at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards or on our Facebook page Trustpower Community. Entry Forms can also be received by calling Kathlene Cook on 0800 87 11 11 extn 4169.

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 Taupō District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Creative Catwalk, a fundraiser for Taupo Hospice.