Eco village wins top community award
The Mistletoe Bay Trust was named the top community group in the region at the TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards in Blenheim last night.
The trust's sustainable Eco Village at Mistletoe Bay was awarded $1500 for winning the top spot and will go on to represent Marlborough at the 2013 TrustPower national awards in March.
The eco village and camping ground in Queen Charlotte Sound also took out the supreme award at this year's Marlborough Environment Awards.
The trust took over the management of the bay from the Conservation Department in 2004 and set about raising money to build the eight whare and other areas, including a new conference room and hi-tech water and waste systems.
In the past year, the Eco Village has developed a classroom and community room, a science laboratory, a new camp kitchen and an ablutions block. It also built a fleet of six new optimist yachts to support its sailing programme.
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said the trust taught young and old valuable lessons about how to live sustainably within a coastal ecosystem.
"It's been 10 years of hard work by an energetic and passionate team of volunteers," he said.
Fifty-eight community and volunteer organisations were nominated for the awards, which recognised work under five categories: heritage and environment, health and wellbeing, arts and culture, sport and leisure, and education and youth development. Category winners received $500 and runners-up were given $250.
Marlborough Boys' College student Josh Watson won the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award, for service to the school and the community.
The year 13 student packed a lot into his final year at school, representing his fellow students at Board of Trustees meetings and co-leading the school jazz band as the lead pianist.
As chairman of the Student Council, Josh was part of the group that helped install $2000 worth of drinking fountains at the school.
He was also a member of Marlborough's High Performance Tennis Academy, a member of the combined colleges formal organising committee and the co-ordinator for the school's World Vision fundraising team which raised more than $3000.
Josh was awarded $500, half of which he is donating to the Marlborough Boys' College Charitable Foundation. He planned on using the remaining $250 next year when he studies commerce at Otago University.
Marlborough Girls' College student Gabby Mark and Rai Valley Area School student Robert Blankendaal were finalists for the award.
Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Picton Pestival
Runner-Up: Marlborough Historical Society
Winner: Marlborough Vintage Machinery Society
Health and Well Being
Commendation: Selmes Garden Charitable Trust
Commendation: Menz Shed
Joint Runner-Up: Marlborough SPCA
Joint Runner-Up: Marlborough St John
Winner: Marlborough Hospice Shop
Arts and Culture
Commendation: Marlborough District Brass Band
Runner-Up: Friends of Marlborough Libraries
Winner: Havelock Theatre Company
Sport and Leisure
Runner-up: Endeavour Park Pavilion Society
Winner: Coastguard Marlborough
Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Pasifika Homework Club
Winner: Synergy Youth Mentoring
- The Marlborough Express