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Volunteers celebrated at awards ceremony

13 JULY 2018

Volunteers from across Lower Hutt were last night celebrated for their generosity and service to the community.

Hutt City Council’s Volunteer Awards are an annual opportunity to recognise those individuals and groups across the city that help to make Lower Hutt such a great community.

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says the awards highlight the contribution our city’s volunteers make every day.

“It was great to formally recognise the selfless time and energy devoted by volunteers. If we could count up the hours given by volunteers to our city each year, it would be huge.

“Our volunteers make our community a better, brighter, more vibrant place in which to live. They are our local heroes.”

Award winners:
(Background/citations for award winners attached)

Civic Awardsrecognising outstanding voluntary service to the community
Ron Francis: Awarded for Community Services
Pani (Jim) Watene: Awarded for Community Services

Nominations for the Civic Awards are now open for 2019. More information at: http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/Your-Council/awards-ceremonies/volunteer-awards

Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards (Lower Hutt)recognising the volunteer work of community groups across the city. They are presented in partnership with Wellington Airport and the Wellington Community Trust.

Supreme Winner:
PolyFest Hutt Valley

Arts & Culture:
PolyFest Hutt Valley (winner)
Hutt City Musical Theatre (runner-up)

Education & Child Youth Development:
Te Awa Kairangi Access Trust (winner)
Challenge 2000 (runner-up)

Health & Wellbeing:
Te Omanga Hospice Volunteer Team (winner)
Hutt Valley SASH – Sexual Abuse Support Network (runner-up)

Heritage & Environment:
Ngahuru Charitable Trust (winner)
Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society (runner-up)

Sport & Leisure:
Special Olympics Hutt Valley (winner)
Whanau Ora Stokes Valleyy (runner-up)

Rising Star:
Friends of the Emergency Department (winner)
Acting Out Wainuiomata (runner-up)


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