Cultural trust 'humbled' to win top community award
The Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust is looking forward to a bright future after winning the top award at the Trustpower Southland Community Awards.
The trust beat 55 other entries on Monday night to net the supreme award, which came with a "very heavy" trophy and $1500 prize money.
The win was still sinking in for trustee Lisa Tou-McNaughton yesterday.
"The standard of entrants was outstanding and it was really humbling to be named the overall winner," she said. "It was fantastic and most unexpected . . . I still can't believe it, actually."
The prize money was already earmarked for a project to help young Southlanders record their original music, she said.
"We're wanting to get a music producer down to Invercargill from Auckland . . . It'd be great. It's exciting."
The Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust was set up three years ago to help organise the annual polyfest, but had expanded from that sole role, she said.
Now it was involved in setting up workshops and other activities to foster Maori and Pasifika involvement in the community.
"We're always thinking of big ideas we'd like to follow through.
"We're looking at doing more career-driven stuff for the kids and helping along with that . . . we'd like to draw lots and lots more people."
Trustee and trust co-ordinator and secretary Pauline Smith said the trust could not have won without all the teachers, parents, grandparents and other relatives who volunteered tirelessly to help out.
Their youngest volunteer was a 6kg baby, whose mother had given birth to him only two days earlier, she said.
"All he had to do was turn up and look cute."
The trust will now represent the region at the Trustpower National Community Awards in March next year.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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