LUMA fest re­ceives top award

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Queenstown’s vol­un­teer driven LUMA light fes­ti­val has won the supreme award at the Trust­power Queenstown Lakes Com­mu­nity Awards.

The LUMA Light Fes­ti­val Char­i­ta­ble Trust re­ceived a tro­phy and $1500 on Thurs­day evening.

Vol­un­tary groups from around the re­gion cel­e­brated the 13 award fi­nal­ists and winners at the gala event in Ar­row­town Athenaeum Hall.

Trust­power com­mu­nity re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alice Boyd said the LUMA trust stood out due to a wide range of vol­un­teers.

‘‘LUMA is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers, and this year they had 117 peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing in some ca­pac­ity, do­nat­ing thou­sands of hours of their time.’’

Vol­un­teers rang­ing from long-time res­i­dents, pro­fes­sion­als, trav­ellers, stu­dents and el­derly put on a won­der­ful fes­ti­val, she said.

‘‘LUMA is all about con­nect­ing this com­mu­nity via a fully sus­tain­able, fully ac­ces­si­ble, fam­i­lyfriendly pub­lic arts fes­ti­val,’’ Boyd said.

In its sec­ond year over 35,000 peo­ple vis­ited LUMA South­ern Light Project dur­ing Queen’s Birthday week­end this year.

New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional artists pre­sented light in­stal­la­tions, sculp­tures and in­ter­ac­tive art­works in Queenstown Gar­dens.

The trust also re­ceived $4000 to­wards light­ing, au­dio and vi­su­als from Skyc­ity Queenstown Casino Com­mu­nity Trust ear­lier this month.

LUMA Light Fes­ti­val Char­i­ta­ble Trust will also rep­re­sent the dis­trict in this year’s na­tional Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards in April. Winners in other cat­e­gories were:

- Wakatipu High School stu­dent Danique Eh­mann, run­ner up Ash­leigh Cram from Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege.

Te Ka¯kano Aotearoa Trust, run­ner up Queenstown Climb­ing Club.

– Bas­kets of Bless­ing, run­ner up Food For Love Wanaka. – Fes­ti­val of Colour. – Wanaka Trail Ride, run­ner up Queenstown Cricket Club.

Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege Stu­dents in the com­mu­nity, run­ner up Wakatipu Youth Trust.

LUMA Light Fes­ti­val Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

LUMA re­ceived the top prize at the Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards.

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