Modelers representing the city

The Tauranga Model Marine and Engineering Club Inc is up for a national community award. Supplied photo.

Tauranga's representative voluntary group at this year's Trustpower National Community Awards is the Tauranga Model Marine and Engineering Club Inc.

The club is representing Tauranga at the National awards after being named Supreme Winner at the Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards last year.

The Tauranga Model Marine and Engineering Club Inc have put together an inspiring presentation, says Trustpower Community Relations Representative Teresa Partridge.

“The miniature train is hugely iconic for Tauranga, but the volunteers behind it tend to fly under the radar,” says Teresa.

“The Tauranga community should be really proud of what the club has achieved. Over the last few years they have concluded a $380,000 track extension to their amazing model railway which totaled over 40,000 hours of volunteer labour from members.

“Tauranga Model Marine and Engineering Club Inc will make wonderful ambassadors for your community at the Trustpower National Community Awards.”

Joining them at the National Awards will be representatives from 24 other voluntary groups or organisations from around the country that were named Supreme Winner at their regional Trustpower Community Awards.

The Tauranga Modelers will give an eight minute presentation on what the group has achieved and why they deserve the title of Trustpower National Community Award Supreme Winner. The club will be judged on that presentation, along with a 1000 word summary of the organisation.

Attending the Trustpower National Community Awards from the club will be Peter Jones and Oliver Duncan, along with Mayor Greg Brownless and his wife Li-Jong Liao.

The 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards take place in the Rotorua Lakes region from March 24-26.

The presentations will take place on Saturday March 25 in the BayTrust Forum at Rotorua Energy Events Centre. The Winner, Runner-Up and recipient of the Whetu Mataiata Award will be announced at an Awards dinner that evening at Blue Baths.

The Trustpower National Community Awards Supreme Winner will take home a custom-made trophy, $4,000 in prize money, a framed certificate and a $1,000 consultancy voucher from one of New Zealand's leading training providers for the community sector, Exult. The Runner Up will receive $2,500 in prize money, a $500 Exult voucher and a framed certificate. The Whetu Mataiata Award recipient receives a framed certificate and a consultancy service package from award sponsor, Exult.



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