Community Groups Nominated For National Accolade



The New Zealander of the Year Awards 2016 have announced the semi-finalists for the Mitre 10 Community Group of the Year, which has seen two local organisations recognised for their efforts.

Bellyful Pukekohe and Te Whangai Trust of Pokeno have both been nominated for this accolade, with representatives from both groups stating they were surprised by being selected.

Leanne McMurtrie, Branch Manager for Bellyful Pukekohe, says the feeling of being selected is fantastic. “We have never been nominated before, so it is quite exciting to see what the next step is. We all love what we do. Just making the meals and delivering them gives us the warm fuzzies. We certainly appreciate that someone believes that we are deserving of this award and feel we are very lucky to have such amazing support from the Franklin community.”

For Gary and Adrienne Dalton, the creators of Te Whangai Trust, the nomination has been a humbling experience. “We’re humbled by the nomination. However, the recognition for the contribution to community that Te Whangai team are making sees us thrilled on their behalf. Through
Te Whangai vision it’s our people who have made the contribution to community.” “With nine years of our group annually leaving an environmental and community legacy, we are beginning to experience a positive compounding effect. In celebrating this milestone we are also conscious of the amount of work that still needs to be achieved in order
to meet community need.”

The Community Group of the Year Awards provides an opportunity for regional or national community groups and organisations to be recognised for their achievements and contribution to their communities. These groups are selected based on their strong sense of community spirit and play a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, cultural or environmental prosperity of their region. The winner will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards evening in Auckland on Wednesday, February 17.

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