Trust rep­re­sents the Far North

The Northland Age - - Local News / Opinion -

KaiMatarik­i Trust will rep­re­sent Far North Dis­trict on a na­tional stage later this month, when vol­un­tary groups from around New Zea­land gather in Tau­ranga for the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards.

Join­ing the trust from March 29 to 31 will be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 25 other vol­un­tary groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions who were all named Supreme Win­ner at their re­spec­tive re­gional Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards.

Ev­ery­one will come to­gether to cel­e­brate their achieve­ments, learn from one an­other, and take part in friendly com­pe­ti­tion for the ti­tle of Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards Supreme Win­ner.

KaiMatarik­i Trust will give an eight­minute pre­sen­ta­tion shar­ing their story, their achieve­ments, and why they de­serve the ti­tle of the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards Supreme Win­ner.

"KaiMatarik­i Trust has gained an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as a leader in the preser­va­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of in­dige­nous cul­ture through its fo­cus on tra­di­tional Ma¯ ori games and cus­toms."

Ab­bie Siely

Trust­power com­mu­nity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser

Some of the guest judges this year in­clude Rhodes Scholar and 2017 run­nerup in the NZ Youth Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards, Jo­hann Go, co-founder of Good Neigh­bour, Cam Hill, GM of Tau­ranga Women’s Refuge, Hazel Hape, and pre­vi­ous Na­tional Supreme Win­ner, Bruce Knight, from the Edge­cumbe Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade.

The pre­sen­ta­tions will take place on Sat­ur­day, March 30 at Holy Trin­ity Tau­ranga. The win­ner, run­ner-up and re­cip­i­ent of the Whetu¯ Ma¯ta­iata Award will then be an­nounced at an awards din­ner that even­ing at Mills Reef.

This year Trust­power will also be pre­sent­ing a spe­cial award, the Trust­power Award, which will go to a group that em­bod­ies one or more of the val­ues the com­pany as­pires to. Th­ese in­clude the cur­rent P.R.I.I.D.E val­ues (pas­sion, re­spect, in­tegrity, in­no­va­tion, de­liv­ery, em­power), plus a fo­cus on con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.

Groups will have the op­por­tu­nity to net­work, share ideas, and take in some of the scenery from around the Tau­ranga Moana, which is also home to Trust­power’s head of­fice.

Trust­power com­mu­nity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Ab­bie Siely says KaiMatarik­i Trust stood out in their lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion for their work de­vel­op­ing the po­ten­tial and pos­si­bil­i­ties for youth at both a lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional level.

“KaiMatarik­i Trust has gained an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as a leader in the preser­va­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of in­dige­nous cul­ture through its fo­cus on tra­di­tional Maori games and cus­toms. Re­cent achieve­ments in­clude an in­vi­ta­tion to an in­ter­na­tional kite fly­ing fes­ti­val in Italy, host­ing First Na­tions Cree for Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions, and teach­ing Ma¯ori games at Lei­den Uni­ver­sity in The Nether­lands.

“Th­ese guys re­ally know how to put on a show and we can­not wait to be en­ter­tained and in­spired by them in Tau­ranga,” says Siely.

The Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards Supreme Win­ner will take home a cus­tom-made tro­phy by Tau­ranga artist, Char­lie Clegg, $4000 in prize money, a $1000 voucher from Ex­ult (one of New Zea­land’s lead­ing train­ing providers for the com­mu­nity sec­tor), and a framed cer­tifi­cate.

The run­ner-up will re­ceive $2500 in prize money, a $500 Ex­ult voucher, and a framed cer­tifi­cate.

The Trust­power Award re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive $1000 in prize money, and a framed cer­tifi­cate. The Whetu¯ Ma¯ta­iata Award— a group with strong po­ten­tial who will ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional sup­port — re­cip­i­ent re­ceives a framed cer­tifi­cate and a con­sul­tancy ser­vice pack­age from Ex­ult.

KaiMatarik­i Trust, will rep­re­sent the Far North Dis­trict on a na­tional stage later this month, when vol­un­tary groups from around New Zea­land gather in Tau­ranga for the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards.

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