Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust Head to Nationals

Press Release – TrustPower

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust has won the Supreme Award at the 2013 TrustPower Waitaki District Community Awards. The Awards were announced and presented tonight Tuesday 2 July at a function at the Oamaru Opera House. For winning the Supreme Award, Oamaru …

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust Head to Nationals

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust has won the Supreme Award at the 2013 TrustPower Waitaki District Community Awards.

The Awards were announced and presented tonight Tuesday 2 July at a function at the Oamaru Opera House.

For winning the Supreme Award, Oamaru Whitestone Civic received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.

In total, TrustPower has given away over $6,000 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards.

Waitaki District Mayor Alex Familton says the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, for the last two decades, has established a historical precinct of national importance.

“Our community volunteers have invested thousands of hours to preserve and energise Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct. It is an important hub for the heritage focus of our district and is an outstanding and unique example of our heritage and history. This work and commitment has been recognised by many others including the Minister of Culture and Heritage who commented on his visit last year that the Waitaki District has the best range of heritage buildings in New Zealand,” says Mayor Familton.

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville agrees that what the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust has recreated has helped put Oamaru on the map.

“From the Victorian Ambassadors assisting tourists to those that help create, mend and hire out the extensive collection of Victorian outfits to the hundreds who help ensure the Victorian Fete is such a success; volunteers are essential to the success of this story,” says Miss Somerville.

“Also I wish to congratulate all of this year’s nominees. One record hundred and sixteen entries is truly impressive and it sends a strong message about how supportive this community is, and prepared they are to get stuck in and roll up their sleeves,” says Miss Somerville.

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Waitaki District Community Awards were:

Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Duntroon and District Development Association
Commendation: Hampden Community Energy Inc – Tip Top Project
Commendation: Oamaru Steam and Rail Restoration Society
Runner-Up: Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust
Winner: Waihemo Heritage Trust

Health and Well Being
Commendation: North Otago Cancer Society – Relay for Life
Commendation: Waitaki District Santa parade
Runner-Up: Waitaki Resource recovery Trust
Winner: Age Concern Waitaki

Arts and Culture
Commendation: Oamaru Performing Arts Society
Runner-Up: Waitaki District Schools Pipe Band
Winner: Scott 100 Celebrations

Sport and Leisure
Joint Runner- up: NZ Deerstalkers Association North Otago
Joint Runner- up: East Otago Lions Club
Winner: North Otago A & P Association

Education and Child/Youth Development
Joint Runner-up: East Otago High School Vietnam Group
Joint Runner-up: Te Ara
Joint Winner: North Otago Scouts Zone
Joint Winner: 26 Squadron Air Training Corps

Waihemo Award
Palmerston – Waihemo A & P Association

Supreme Winner
Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust

Youth Spirit
Waihemo Winner: Michael Lister
Oamaru Winner: Jibi Kunnethedam
Oamaru Runer-up: Jessica Richards
The Awards are being presented at a function this evening, Tuesday 2 July, at the Oamaru Opera House, starting at 6pm. Media are welcome to attend.

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