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Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides

Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides Getting Ready to Represent Rotorua Lakes at the Trustpower National Community Awards

The Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides will join the country’s best and brightest voluntary groups and organisations at the Trustpower National Community Awards, taking place in the Queenstown Lakes region from 13-15 April 2018.

The Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides are representing Rotorua Lakes at the prestigious awards – an honour they won after being named Supreme Winner at the Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards last year.

Joining them will be representatives from 24 other voluntary groups or organisations from around the country who were named Supreme Winner at their respective regional Trustpower Community Awards.

At the Trustpower National Awards, the Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides will give an eight-minute presentation sharing their story, their achievements, and why they deserve the title of the Trustpower National Community Awards Supreme Winner. They will then be judged on their presentation, along with a 1,000-word summary they’ve provided.

Some of the guest judges this year include CEO of Volunteering New Zealand, Scott Miller, TVNZ Good Sorts creator and presenter, Hadyn Jones, and previous Supreme Winner, Janice Lee from Koha Kai.

The presentations will take place on Saturday 14 April at the Queenstown Memorial Centre. The Winner, Runner Up and recipient of the Whetū Mātaiata Award will be announced at an Awards dinner that evening at the Kawarau Bungy Centre.

Groups will also have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and take in some of the scenery from around the beautiful Queenstown Lakes District.

Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor, Alice Boyd, says the Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides have put together an inspiring presentation.

“We first met this group at the Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards last year and were impressed by their Kiwi ingenuity.

“The way the group of 25 volunteers quickly learnt about all different types of information to share as hosts, from the history of the buildings, geology, battles in the area, to the plantings and pruning of trees, was pretty inspiring and we can’t wait to hear more of their story on the national stage,” says Boyd.

The Trustpower National Community Awards Supreme Winner will take home a custom-made trophy by local Glenorchy artist, Dan Kelly, $4,000 in prize money, a framed certificate, and a $1,000 consultancy voucher from one of New Zealand’s leading training providers for the community sector, Exult. The Runner Up will receive $2,500 in prize money, a $500 Exult voucher and a framed certificate. The Whetū Mātaiata Award recipient receives a framed certificate and a consultancy service package from award sponsor, Exult.

Attending the Trustpower National Community Awards from the Rotorua Museum ‘Outside the Walls’ Walking Tour Guides will be Julie Parsons and Heather Willis, along with Rotorua Lakes Mayor, Steve Chadwick.

Meanwhile, entries are now being taken for the 2018 Trustpower Community Awards. Anyone can enter a group and all voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations are eligible. Entries close 31 May. Go to


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