Ti-MO-ru did us proud at the Trustpower Community National Awards.
The group was told by the award organisers that they placed an unofficial third out of 25 in Invercargill at the weekend, with Mistletoe Eco Village in Nelson taking out top honours.
Ti-MO-ru organisers Ashley Manson, and Sam Wilson, who represented the group and the region, said they were humbled to be recognised amongst the outstanding calibre of people present.
"Being able to share what we had done with all those amazing groups was mind-blowing, and then to hear all the positive things they had to say to us after our presentations was really great," Mr Wilson said.
Mr Manson said the trip was amazing and provided his first visit to a marae. However, his allergy to seafood proved a challenge, as the two-day awards involved a trip to Bluff where a spread of seafood was laid on, including oysters and crayfish.
The other regional representative to travel south was Timaru Mayor Damon Odey, who said he was proud to watch two young, enthusiastic men up against older men who had charitable trusts backing them.
"It was also good to be able to increase the good looking quota on the stage," Mr Odey said.
- The Timaru Herald