Waitaki Jazz suc­cess

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Har­bour Street Jazz did the Waitaki Dis­trict vol­un­teer com­mu­nity proud at the re­cent Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards in the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict.

Julie Bar­clay and Lu­cianne White rep­re­sented the group, with Mayor Gary Kircher also on hand to sup­port the team.

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.

Har­bour Street Jazz came out on top at the Trust­power Waitaki Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Awards last year, which earnt them their spot at the Trust­power Na­tional Com­mu­nity Awards.

Trust­power Com­mu­nity and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ad­vi­sor Ash Cleaver said al­though the Waitaki Dis­trict group did not come away as award re­cip­i­ents, their achieve­ments shouldn’t be for­got­ten or dis­counted.

‘‘The Har­bour Street Jazz are a mu­si­cal de­light to their com­mu­nity,’’ said Cleaver.

‘‘The end­less ef­forts and time put in by vol­un­teers to bring this fun, vi­brant and wel­com­ing cul­tural mu­sic fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike is some­thing to be ad­mired.’’

The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion brought to­gether 25 groups from across 27 re­gions - all who were named supreme win­ners of last year’s Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards, a pro­gramme run in part­ner­ship with lo­cal coun­cils.

Edge­cumbe Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade, rep­re­sent­ing Whakatane Dis­trict, were named supreme win­ner this year, and South In­ver­cargill Ur­ban Re­ju­ve­na­tion Char­i­ta­ble Trust (South Alive), a group rep­re­sent­ing the In­ver­cargill South­land Dis­trict, was named run­ner-up.

In be­tween a week­end of sight­see­ing and net­work­ing, the Har­bour Street Jazz vol­un­teers 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.

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