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Pahiatua Railcar Society Supreme Winner at Community Awards

Pahiatua Railcar Society Named Supreme Winner at Community Awards

Pahiatua Railcar Society have taken top honours at Tararua District’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards.

Voluntary groups from around the district gathered with representatives from Trustpower, the Tararua District Council, and the community at the Dannevirke Sports Club to hear how 15 groups and two students are making an impact in their community.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge says Pahiatua Railcar Society stood out because of the impact and input of their volunteers.

“The past year has been a significant one, with many activities undertaken such as the final completion of the RM5 railcar which has been regarded as one of the most major and significant railway restorations ever carried out in New Zealand to date,” says Mrs Partridge.

“This Society is completely run by volunteers who give over 600 hours per month of their time to manage and carry out the projects. It is undoubtedly the commitment and enthusiasm of these volunteers that make this Society the professional and well-oiled machine it is, says she says.

For winning the Supreme Award, Pahiatua Railcar Society received a framed certificate, a trophy, and $1,500 prize money.

Pahiatua Railcar Society will go on to represent the Tararua District at the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards, taking place in the Queenstown Lakes area next April.

Other winners at tonight’s Trustpower Tararua District Community Awards were:

Youth Community Spirit

Joint Winner – William Menzies

Joint Winner – Mycah Keall

Heritage and Environment

Commendation – Dannevirke Volunteer Fire Brigade
Runner up – Pukaha Mount Bruce

Winner – Norsewood Promotions

Health and Wellbeing

Commendation – Elske Day Centre for over 65’s

Commendation – The Woodville Pantry

Runner up – Executive Committee Eketahuna Health Committee

Winner – Pongaroa Fuels Stop INC

Arts and Culture

Commendation – Radio Dannevirke

Runner up – Pahiatua Repertory Society INC

Winner – Eketahuna Our Town Information Centre

Sport and Leisure

Runner up – Dannevirke Tigers Rugby League Club

Winner – Pahiatua Wheel Park

Education and Child/Youth Development

Runner up – Te Wananga O Tamaki Nui a Rua

Winner – Bush Blue Light

Supreme Winner

Pahiatua Railcar Society

The Awards are being presented at a function this evening, 19 September, at the Dannevirke Sports Club, starting at 6.00pm, 5:30pm for drinks and nibbles. Media are welcome to attend.


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