Rail­car team at awards

Tararua well rep­re­sented at na­tional com­mu­nity awards in Queen­stown

Bush Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEVE CARLE´

Pahiatua Rail­car So­ci­ety rep­re­sented the Tararua District vol­un­teer com­mu­nity last week­end at the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards held in the Queen­stown Lakes District.

Don Selby and Bernard Wat­son rep­re­sented the group, with Mayor Tracey Col­lis. They took their com­mu­nity project head to head with the coun­try’s best and bright­est vol­un­teer groups and projects on a na­tional stage, full of friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

Pahiatua Rail­car So­ci­ety Inc. came out on top at the Trust­power Tararua District Com­mu­nity Awards last year, which earned them their spot at the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards.

Trust­power Com­mu­nity and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ad­vi­sor Alice Boyd said though the Tararua District group did not come away as award re­cip­i­ents, their achieve­ments shouldn’t be dis­counted.

“Pahiatua Rail­car So­ci­ety Inc. should be very proud of their pre­sen­ta­tion, which clearly demon­strated the com­mit­ment and pas­sion of their vol­un­teers,” said Ms Boyd.

“The So­ci­ety is com­pletely run by vol­un­teers who give over 600 hours of their time each month to man­age the club and carry out the projects, and we have no doubt they’ll con­tinue go­ing from strength to strength” she said.

The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion brought to­gether 25 groups from across 27 re­gions who were named Supreme Win­ners of last year’s Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards, a pro­gramme run in part­ner­ship with lo­cal Coun­cils.

The Awards were an­nounced on Satur­day evening at the awards din­ner, held at the Kawa­rau Bungy.

Edge­cumbe Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade, rep­re­sent­ing Whakata¯ ne, was named Supreme Win­ner, and the South In­ver­cargill Ur­ban Re­ju­ve­na­tion Char­i­ta­ble Trust (South Alive), a group rep­re­sent­ing In­ver­cargill City and South­land District, was named Run­ner-Up. The Whetu¯ Ma¯ ta­iata Award win­ner — the ris­ing star award for an up-and­com­ing group — was Kura Pre­cious Ones Spe­cial Needs Sup­port Group from the Wairoa District.

In be­tween a week­end of sight-see­ing and net­work­ing, Don and Bernard gave an eight­minute pre­sen­ta­tion on what the group has achieved. The groups were judged on their pre­sen­ta­tions, along with a 1000-word sum­mary of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, by their peers and a panel of in­de­pen­dent judges, in­clud­ing Ha­dyn Jones from TVNZ’s Good Sorts and Fair Go pro­grammes, Scott Miller, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Vol­un­teer­ing NZ, Henare O’Keefe, pre­vi­ous Ki­wibank Hero of the Year, Jan­ice Lee from Koha Kai, Ferg, a lo­cal Queen­stown ra­dio DJ from The Hits, Rosie Ju­lou Gen­eral Man­ager of Ex­ult, Vince Hawksworth Trust­power chief ex­ec­u­tive and Jess Cartwright, reporter for TVNZ based in Cen­tral Otago.

BERNARD Wat­son, Mayor Tracey Col­lis and Don Selby at the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards.

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