Kainga Aroha wins top award

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Kainga Aroha So­ci­ety In­cor­po­rated won the 2018 Supreme Award at last night's Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards.

Vol­un­tary groups from Waipa¯ and Taupo¯ gath­ered with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Trust­power, Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil, Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity at Sir Don Row­lands Event Cen­tre in Kara¯piro to hear how 16 groups and two young peo­ple are mak­ing an im­pact in their com­mu­nity.

It's the first time Taupo¯ and Waipa¯ have cel­e­brated to­gether at a sin­gle awards func­tion and the venue lo­ca­tion will al­ter­nate be­tween the two re­gions each year.

Trust­power com­mu­nity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­vi­sor Ash­leigh Cleaver says Kainga Aroha So­ci­ety was a top choice due to its abun­dance of ser­vices de­liv­ered with a smile.

“Kainga Aroha So­ci­ety In­cor­po­rated pro­vides a place for peo­ple to go dur­ing hard­ships and pro­vides ser­vices such as fam­ily sup­port, coun­selling, bud­get ad­vice and more to get peo­ple on their feet again.”

“The group also runs a five­day sum­mer camp which sees 30-50 chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing kayak­ing, swim­ming, bush walks, hik­ing to name a few, giv­ing par­ents some respite and the chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise and de­velop these skills.”

The so­ci­ety re­ceived a framed cer­tifi­cate, a tro­phy, and $2000 prize money.

The group will go on to rep­re­sent Waipa¯ at the 2018 Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards when vol­un­teers from around New Zealand gather in Tau­ranga next March.

The Waipa¯ win­ner of the Youth Com­mu­nity Spirit award went to Nu'umoe Duffy, head girl at Cam­bridge High School.

Nu'umoe vol­un­teers at the Sal­va­tion Army op shop, plays mu­sic for de­men­tia unit res­i­dents and is a part of Plas­tic Bag Free Cam­bridge,

She is a mem­ber of Cam­bridge High School Leos club which fundraises money to do­nate to lo­cal causes like New Lives An­i­mal Res­cue and the Cam­bridge Tree Trust.

Nu' umoe is a peer sup­port leader/tu­tor and men­tor to stu­dents at her school and Leam­ing­ton Pri­mary school. She also coaches net­ball and vol­ley­ball teams at Cam­bridge High School.

Nu' umoe won $750, a tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate

■ Full list of win­ners at last night's awards:

Youth Com­mu­nity Spirit

Fi­nal­ists — Michaela Poin­ton, Tessa Win­ter, Fer­gus Byett.

Taupo¯ win­ner: Kyla Al­lenJen­nings.

Waipa¯ win­ner: Nu'umoe

Duffy.

Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards Fi­nal­ists

Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Health Trans­port, Cen­tre Stage Taupo¯, Te Awa­mutu Rugby Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion, Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Gar­dens, Easter­fest NZ, Royal New Zealand Plun­ket Trust (Taupo¯ ).

Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards Re­cip­i­ents

Tu­rangi Ran­gatahi Hub, Grow­ing Through Grief Taupo¯, Emer­gency Ac­com­mo­da­tion Taupo¯, Taupo¯ Path­ways for Youth Em­ploy­ment Trust, AOK (Act of Kind­ness), Mu­sic Moves Me Trust, Spe­cial Olympics Te Awa­mutu, Lov­ing Arms.

Taupo¯ supreme win­ner:

Lake Taupo¯ Hos­pice Trust.

Waipa¯ supreme win­ner:

Kainga Aroha So­ci­ety In­cor­po­rated.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Flash­back to 2013: Kainga Aroha man­ager Kane Ran­gi­tonga (left) and Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies Waipa¯ co-or­di­na­tor Sue Goodridge (left) meet with Labour’s so­cial devel­op­ment team (from left) Kelvin Davis, Jacinda Ardern and Sue Moroney.

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