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Motueka Volunteer Awards

This project was proposed and approved in January 2013. The inaugural event was run on October 19th 2013.

This project created an annual event in Motueka to recognise and celebrate local volunteers of all types. The first event included a catered afternoon tea, to which representatives of voluntary community groups were invited, along with an awards ceremony to celebrate the work of 10 nominated volunteers, who received specially made wood carvings.

The event was repeated in 2014 on a similar format, but this time Harcourts was the sole sponsor, paying the bills, MC'ing the event and adjudicating the award winners.

The main objective is to provide a focus for the community on the value of volunteering. The event was organised by Vision Motueka (mainly Linda Glew), initially with some help from the Motueka Community Board, and then sponsored in 2014 by Harcourts Motueka.

The first event on October 19th 2013 and was deemed a big success. Article and photos here.

Likewise the second event on October 16th 2014 and was well run and attended, though the number present was a little less than the first one. Article and photos here.

The third event was to have been held in September 2015 on the theme of volunteers, coaches and administrators in sports, but had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. We were not deterred, and the 2016 event returned to the original format and involved all volunteer groups.

Harcourts declined to sponsor the event this year, but Tasman District Council provided some grant funding, and New World provided food ingredients for the afternoon tea. About 60 people attended, and such was the number of people nominated by community groups that we handed out 19 Certificates of Appreciation as well as the 10 award winners. An article on the event, along with photos and citations of award winners, can be viewed here.

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