Good neighbour scoops top award

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Lavina Good from Good Neighbour
Lavina Good from Good Neighbour

A group of volunteers in Tauranga behind a programme called Good Neighbour that changing lives for the better was tonight recognised at the Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards as the Supreme Winner.

Over 140 people gathered at Baypark this evening for the Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards which were presented by Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby and Trustpower Chief Executive Vince Hawksworth.

For winning the Supreme Award, Good Neighbour received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Good Neighbour now has the opportunity to represent the region at the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Wellington region in March 2015.

In total, Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to various community groups through tonight's Awards.

Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby said it was exciting to see what was possible when a group of likeminded people got together for the good of the community.

"It's been an amazing journey for this team who not long after being set up are already helping dozens of local charities continue the valuable work they doing the community," he said.

Other award recipients at tonight's Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards were:

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: ARRC Wildlife Trust
Winner: Pukehinahina Charitable Trust

Health and Well Being
Commendation: Shakti Womens Council
Joint Runner-Up: Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust
Joint Runner-Up: Tauranga RDA
Winner: Bellyful Tauranga

Arts and Culture
Commendation: The Incubator
Runner-Up: Mauao Performing Arts Centre Charitable Trust
Winner: National Jazz Festival

Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: Special Olympics Tauranga Club
Winner: Bellevue Athletics Club

Education and Child/Youth Development
Commendation: Mount Maunganui Music School Charitable Trust
Runner-Up: Kidz Need Dadz Charitable Trust Inc
Winner: Citizens Advice Bureau

Supreme Winner
Good Neighbour

Youth Spirit
Winner: Adam Leeuwen
Runner-up: Emily McCarthy
Finalist: Ben Richards
Finalist: Deborah Paine
Finalist: Paula Smith
Finalist: Spencer Voorend

- Bay of Plenty Times

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