A Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust stalwart who has been a trustee since its inception, is bowing out after 21 years.

Trevor Maxwell was among the first trustees to be elected a year after the trust was set up in 1994. There he stayed until this year which saw him miss out on re-election.

"I feel good though. I had prepared myself for the possibility that I would not be re-elected so I am just counting my blessings that I had 21 wonderful years working on the trust."

Mr Maxwell said it was hard to pick out highlights from his time as a trustee but those that came to mind included doling out scholarships to local students, hosting major sporting and entertainment events and the construction of the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

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"I am both pleased and proud to be a part of the decisions that have helped shape our community during the last 20 years, it's a beautiful community we have.

"My most heartfelt congratulations to those successful in the election. It's not easy standing and there were 40 good people who took up that challenge.

"I have accepted the will of the people and will move on, leaving the trust in the capable hands of others."

Mr Maxwell said he hadn't considered whether he would stand for the trust again in the future.

"I don't look ahead that far but I guess you can never say never."