Volunteer groups in Porirua were to the fore last week with the announcement of the city’s finalists for the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.
‘‘ We are lucky to have such dedicated community volunteers here in Porirua,’’ mayor Nick Leggett said at the ceremony at Pataka.
‘‘Their work makes a huge difference to the lives of many in our city and contributes to Porirua’s unique sense of community.’’
The annual awards recognise the contribution of volunteers across five categories – art and culture, education and child/youth develop- ment, health and wellbeing, heritage and environment, and sport and leisure. The supreme winner in Porirua was Partners Porirua Charitable Trust, who also won the education category.
Other category winners were Pregnancy Help Inc ( health and wellbeing), Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (heritage and environment) Porirua parkrun (sport and leisure) and Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust (arts and culture).
These winners will represent Porirua at the regional awards in Wellington later this year, with the chance to go on to the nationals.
Volunteer winners: From left, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett with Partners Porirua’s Michelle Robinson and Henry Samia.