Runner-up South Alive celebrates

From left, Trustpower chief executive Vince Hawksworth, Invercargill City Council Deputy Mayor Rebecca Amundsen, Trustpower board of directors chairman Paul Ridley-Smith, South Alive volunteer Margaret Cook, Minister for Community and Volunteer Sector Peeni Henare, South Alive chairwoman Robyn Hickman and Southland District Mayor Gary Tong at the Trustpower National Community Awards held in Queenstown last Saturday. Photo: Supplied

SOUTH Alive was runner-up at the Trustpower National Community Awards in Queenstown last Saturday.

Any voluntary group or volunteer-based, not-for-profit organisation was eligible for the awards, which recognised past achievements or work undertaken by volunteers over the previous 12 months.

Twenty-five community groups from throughout New Zealand who had been judged supreme winners at their regional awards vied for the national supreme winner award. Each regional team gave an eight-minute presentation as well as a 1000-word summary on their activities or project.

Invercargill’s South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive) told its story about its volunteer-led urban rejuvenation and community development organisation which was breathing new life into the arts, housing and events in South Invercargill.

South Alive manager Cressida Evans said she was “really stoked” by the placing, which reflected the work the volunteers had contributed to the organisation and community.

“I am really thrilled that volunteers have been celebrated at this level.

“This is a win for our volunteers… I am really stoked.”

Trustpower community and communications manager Emily Beaton said Trustpower was proud to lead the way in recognising, rewarding and celebrating the incredible contribution volunteers made to New Zealand communities.

“All 25 groups participating in the awards are shining examples of the amazing work volunteers undertake every day in cities and districts all around New Zealand.”

The Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade, representing Whakatane district, was named Supreme Winner and won a trophy, $4000 in prize money, a $1000 Exult voucher and a certificate.

South Alive received $2500 in prize money and a certificate.

The Whetu Mataiata Award winner went to Kura Precious Ones Special Needs Support Group from Wairoa district, which received an Exult consultancy service package to the value of $3250.

Invercargill-based Koha Kai took out the supreme title last year.

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