Little Day Out to mark big victory
Victory's trophy for being New Zealand's top community will be displayed proudly this weekend at a public celebration, and people will also be able to offer ideas on what should be done with the accompanying $5000 prizemoney.
The Nelson suburb won the trophy and money last week when it won the community section in the inaugural New Zealander of the Year awards.
The win, and the Victory community, will be celebrated on Sunday during the Little Day Out in Victory Square.
The event, from 2pm to 6pm, will include local musicians, food stalls, a children's community art project and some sports activities. Funded by the Nelson City Council and the Community Organisation Grants Scheme, it has been organised by the Victory Community Association to raise money for a community barbecue for the square.
Victory Primary School board of trustees chairwoman Helen Watson said the trophy was being kept at the Victory Community Centre, and was likely to be housed there permanently.
On Sunday, it would be displayed at the Little Day Out. A short film showcasing the community, which was made as part of Victory's nomination, will also be played.
There would be a suggestion box for people's ideas on spending the $5000, Mrs Watson said, and the speech given at the award presentation in Auckland by Leanne Curtis would also be read.