Waitaki Jazz success
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.