Search for Local Heroes

Wanaka welcome sign in autumn. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Entries for the Trustpower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards are now open, giving locals the opportunity to recognise the dedication of their volunteers and voluntary groups within their community.

The awards are run in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and are open to all voluntary groups and organisations to celebrate the work they do making the beautiful Queenstown Lakes District the special place it is.

Anyone can enter a group into the Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves.

QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said, “Volunteers make a huge contribution in the Southern lakes to leisure, culture and social services, and the community would be much poorer without their presence. The Trustpower Community Awards recognise what an important difference these groups make in our lives.”

Trustpower community relations representative Alice Boyd said she is blown away by the amount of amazing people doing amazing things in their communities, and thinks there are so many more groups out there who deserve recognition.

“Now you have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers who work hard to improve the community – just by filling out an entry form,” Alice said.    

Entry Forms are available from the QLDC and service centres, online at or on the Trustpower Community Facebook page.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday August 25.

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