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23 June 2017

Entries for the Trustpower Whanganui District Community Awards are now open, giving locals the opportunity to recognise the dedication of their volunteers and voluntary groups within their community.

Run in partnership with the Whanganui District Council, these awards are open to all voluntary groups and organisations to celebrate the work they do, making the beautiful Whanganui District a better place to live.

Anyone can enter a group into the awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.

“Whanganui has a strong history of community participation. At the last Trustpower (Whanganui District) Community Awards, more than 60 groups were entered by the Whanganui community, which shows how much outstanding voluntary work is going on. I think we are the capital of volunteering,” says Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall.

“Volunteers in our community donate hundreds of hours per year to make Whanganui a better place for everyone to be in. I really encourage everyone to enter a community group, which you think has made a difference, into the Trustpower Community Awards to help get their work recognised,” Mayor McDouall says.

Since the Trustpower Whanganui District Community Awards began in 2013, more than $20,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations, and this year more than $5,000 is up for grabs.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Alice Boyd says she is constantly blown away by the amount of amazing people doing amazing things in their communities, and thinks there are so many more groups out there who deserve recognition.

“Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form. It takes just a few minutes of your time to enter a voluntary group but it will make a real impact to the volunteers you are recognising,” says Miss Boyd.    

Entry forms are available from the Whanganui District Council’s Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street and the Davis Central City and Gonville Café Library, online at or on the Trustpower Community Facebook page. Entry Forms can also be received by calling Alice Boyd on 0800 87 11 11 ext. 4176. 

The awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational 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 to the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards being held in Queenstown in April 2018. Last year’s Trustpower Whanganui District Community Awards Supreme Winner was the Bushy Park Trust.

Entries for the Trustpower Whanganui District Community Awards close at 5.00pm on Friday 18 August 2017.

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