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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 the Taupō community.
Kathlene Cook, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Entries for the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards open on Monday 19 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.

Since the Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards began in 1999 more than $70,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5,000 is up for grabs.

Last year 57 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.

“The Taupō District has so much to offer environmentally, culturally and so much more, and in many cases it is volunteers who help deliver on all these amazing aspects. From the teams that work behind the scenes at Lake events, to those who bring life to theatres, to the tireless fundraising teams; volunteers are in every corner of this region but often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do.

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 the Taupō community,” says Miss Cook.

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas is excited to recognise and thank volunteers in the district.

“We are lucky enough to have a huge number of volunteers in our district who truly are the backbone of our community. This is the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward those people who do not hesitate to give up their time to help others,” says Mayor Trewavas.

Locals have until 5pm on Friday 18 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.  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 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards. Last year’s Trustpower Taupō District Community Awards Supreme Winner was Taupo Model Railway Club Inc.