"The Esplanade Scenic Railway is an iconic venue that relies on its volunteer base and brings joy to many residents and visitors, young and old," City Councillor and selection panel member Tangi Utikere said. "As the Supreme Winner they will represent our city well at Trustpower's National Awards in Dunedin next year."
The Awards recognise voluntary groups or organisations for the valuable contribution they make to the community.
"The Awards are a good reminder that our city relies on the goodwill of volunteers who so freely give of their time, skills and energy," Councillor Utikere said.
"It was a difficult decision to select winners amongst so many worthy groups, and I commend all those who were nominated for an award. It's great to have the opportunity to celebrate with Trustpower the good work and the contribution that all groups make to our wider community, and I congratulate all the category winners," he said.
The Awards, which were held at a ceremony at the Palmerston North Convention Centre, recognised the past achievements or work undertaken by volunteers over the previous 12 months.
Winner Heritage & Environment: Human Aid Focus New Zealand
Runner Up: Pit Park People Society
Commendation:Green Bike Trust
Winner Health & Wellbeing: MenzShed Manawatū
Runner Up: Arohanui Hospice
Commendation: Just Zilch
Commendation: Palmerston North Operational Support NZ Fire Support
Winner Arts and Culture: Manawatū Woodworkers Guild Inc.
Runner Up: Manawatū Scottish No. 4A Pipe Band
Winner Sport & Leisure: Coastguard Manawatū
Runner Up: Manawatū Striders
Commendation: Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club
Winner Education & Child Youth Development: Plant to Plate Aotearoa
Runner Up: Financial Freedom Trust
Commendation: Social Socks Charitable Trust
Overall Winner: Esplanade Scenic Railway
Youth Spirit Award Winner: Amelia Horne
Youth Spirit Award finalist: Sarah Wood
Youth Spirit Award finalist: Colson Verdonk
Judges were representatives from the local community, PNCC and Trustpower. All award recipients take home a framed certificate with category winners receiving $500, runners up $250 and the Supreme Winner receiving $1,500, a trophy and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to attend the Trustpower National Community Awards.
The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is run in conjunction with the Trustpower Community Awards and is open to all Year 13 students to recognise and reward service to their school and community.
The winner of the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award receives a certificate and $250 prize money. They also get to donate another $250 to a voluntary group or organisation of their choice. The Spirit Awards started in 2009 and so far more than 100 amazing young people have been recognised and celebrated through the Awards.