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Trustpower National Community Award Winners Announced

Denniston Heritage Trust and Trev's BBQ Named Joint Winners of Trustpower National Community Awards

Denniston Heritage Trust, representing the Buller District, and Trev’s BBQ, representing Ashburton District, have been named as joint Supreme Winners at the prestigious TrustPower National Community Awards.

The Awards were announced tonight (Saturday 24 March) at the 2011 TrustPower National Community Awards Dinner, held at Terrace Downs in Canterbury.

The Runner-Up was Homes of Hope, representing Tauranga City.

The announcement comes after a full day for the 25 teams participating in the TrustPower National Community Awards. Today, each regional team gave an eight minute presentation on their activities or project in a judging session held at Methven Heritage Centre, Methven. The teams were judged on that presentation and on a 1,000 word summary each group provided prior to the event.

Denniston Heritage Trust was represented at the TrustPower National Community Awards by Peter Robertson and John Green, along with Buller District Mayor Pat McManus.

Denniston Heritage Trust has preserved the heritage of one of New Zealand’s largest producing coal fields, turning it into a unique visitor attraction that showcases the richness of Denniston’s historic and natural heritage.

Trev’s BBQ was represented by Trevor and Jane Hurley, along with Ashburton District Mayor Angus McKay and Councillor Martin Nordgvist.

Trev’s BBQ was an immediate and significant response to feed and support people in the most affected areas following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

As TrustPower National Community Awards Joint Supreme Winners, Denniston Heritage Trust and Trev’s BBQ both receive $2,500 and a framed certificate. Because Denniston Heritage Trust will continue to operate, it will receive a trophy and a $500 voucher from Exult, a leading specialist training provider for the community sector, and a framed certificate.

TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches says it is humbling and encouraging to be part of a celebration that brings together 25 positively high-impacting community groups.

“TrustPower is proud to lead the way in recognising, rewarding and celebrating the incredible contribution volunteers make to New Zealand communities,” says Graeme Purches.

“All 25 groups participating in the TrustPower National Community Awards are shining examples of the amazing work volunteers undertake every day in cities and districts all around New Zealand. These groups have already won recognition in their regions and we are delighted to be able to showcase their efforts nationally at this weekend’s event,” says Mr Purches.

The Awards were judged by a panel of independent judges, NZ Today Editor Allan Dick, Radio NZ host Jim Mora, Gillian Peacock from Volunteering New Zealand and Malcolm Cameron, 2012 Senior New Zealander of the Year.

Also involved in the judging process were each of the 25 voluntary groups at the Awards, with the peer voting making up 50% of the final judging score and the independent judging panel’s votes making up the other 50%. The groups were judged on five criteria: Voluntary Input; Utilisation of Resources; Initiative and Creativity; Effectiveness of Activities; and Impact on District.

The judges’ comments about Denniston Heritage Trust include:

“Enormous effort – love the use of the old and new technology.”
“ Fantastic project – world class with enduring benefits.”

The judges’ comments about Trev’s BBQ include:
“You are such good people, and you accomplished something phenomenal.”
“ Your compassionate effort – unbelievable!”

ENDS

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