Catalyst Trust win top Queenstown Lakes community award

Winnters of the 2016 Queenstown Lakes District Trustpower Awards.
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Winnters of the 2016 Queenstown Lakes District Trustpower Awards.

Catalyst Trust took out gold in Queenstown Lakes District community awards on Tuesday night.

The trust received $1500 for winning the supreme award at Trustpower's competition.

Trustpower community relations representative Emily Beaton said the winner was empowering the community to them to make an impact on the world.

Catalyst Trust was the Supreme Winner of the Queenstown Lakes Trustpower Community Awards. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult, ...
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Catalyst Trust was the Supreme Winner of the Queenstown Lakes Trustpower Community Awards. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult, Catalyst Trust representatives AJ Mason and Cath Gilmour, with Simon Clarke, of Trustpower.

"They are a catalyst for learning, intellectual and cultural development in the community and for stimulating community engagement, discussion and debate on issues of local, national and international importance," Beaton said.

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"These volunteers are driven, motivated and passionate and are making a real impact. We can't wait for them to share their story on the national stage," she said.

One of trusts events was the inSight science and future week in Queenstown, at the beginning of September, which presented a sneak peak into the future based on more than 20 free events.

The Catalyst Trust will represent the district at the 2016 Trustpower National Community Award in March 2017 held in Rotorua.

All together on Tuesday night Trustpower has given away over $5,000 to community groups.

Awards were give to:

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Heritage and Environment

Runner up: Plastic Bag Free Wanaka

Winner: Lakeside Rugby Club

Health and Wellbeing

Commendation: Happiness House Trust

Commendation: Makarora Volunteer Rural Fire Force

Runner up: Wakatipu Search and Rescue

Winner: Upper Clutha Children's Medical Trust

Arts and Culture

Runner up: Queenstown Patchwork and Quilters Group

Winner: LUMA Light Festival Charitable Trust

Sports and Leisure

Runner up: Netball Upper Clutha – Primary School Netball

Winner: Wanaka Riding for the Disabled

Education and Child Youth Development

Commendation: Big Buddy Programme – Queenstown

Runner up: Glenorchy School Parents Teachers and Friends Association

Winner: Wanaka Kids Club

Supreme Winner

Catalyst Trust

Youth Spirit

Winner: Ashley Burney, Wakatipu High School

 - Stuff

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