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Local Restoration Project Prepares for National Award

The deadline is looming for members of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, as they have just weeks to finalise their presentation for the TrustPower National Community Awards.

But the growing pressure is alleviated by the fact that the Awards are on the Trust’s home turf!

The TrustPower National Community Awards are being held in Cambridge from 4 – 6 March 2005. The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust won the honour of representing the Waipa district at the Awards after being named Supreme Winner at the 2004 TrustPower Waipa District Community Awards.

TrustPower’s Community Awards programme recognises and rewards voluntary groups and organisations for outstanding work in their communities. The programme is run in 19 regions around the country. Representatives from the winning voluntary organisations in each of those regions, along with representatives from the winning organisation from the Wellington Airport Community Awards, will be attending the National Awards. In total, the Awards weekend will see more than 100 people converge on the town.

Although the Nationals are not until March, the Maungatautari Trust must finalise the presentation they will be giving at the Awards by 11 February.

Each of the 20 voluntary groups participating in the National Awards gets 10 minutes to show their peers and the judges exactly what they have achieved, and why they deserve the title of TrustPower National Supreme Community Award Winner.

“We would be delighted and honoured to receive the National Supreme Community Award title,” Jim Mylchreest, chief executive of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust said. “We are proud of our achievements, but we also realise the competition is going to be tough.”

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Pip Tschudin says the 10 minute presentation is the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust’s one chance to prove that they’ve got what it takes to be crowned the National winner.

“So with just weeks to go until they have to finalise their presentation, the pressure is mounting. I’m sure the Trust’s members have had anything but a relaxing summer break!” says Pip.

Meanwhile, Pip says the organisation of the Awards is going incredibly well.

The TrustPower National Supreme Award Winner will take home $2,500, a framed certificate and a trophy. The runner up will receive $1000 and a certificate.

“But the TrustPower National Community Awards are not just about the money. The Awards give voluntary groups from around the country the chance to network and share ideas and experiences. It also gives them a chance to have some fun – and we make sure they definitely do that,” says Pip.