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People Power wins the TrustPower Supreme Award
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Kihikihi Waikato Eventing Inc has been named Supreme Winner at the recent prestigious TrustPower National Community Awards Dinner, held at Shantytown on the West Coast on 17th to 19th March.

Kihikihi Waikato Eventing Inc's presentation was delivered by President, Robyn North, International Course Designer John Nicholson and Waipa District Mayor Alan Livingston and included a very popular DVD showing photos of activities at the Domain and interviews with local residents. Each presentation at the Awards Dinner had a strict time limit of ten minutes so the compilation of this DVD meant that a lot of information could be delivered in a short space of time. Brief speeches by Robyn, John and Mayor Livingston added that human touch.

The Supreme Award was hotly contested with a wide range of worthy community enterprises represented by various volunteer groups from throughout New Zealand. "We felt honoured to receive the award but were very humbled by the extent of volunteer effort that is put in by the other District community projects contesting this award throughout New Zealand" said Robyn North.  

TrustPower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches says while on the surface it may seem that Kihikihi Waikato Eventing Inc is simply a sporting organisation, the reality is that it is an organisation that has made a significant difference to the entire community, through the creation of new and improved facilities that are available to and used by all.

As TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner, Kihikihi Waikato Eventing Inc takes home a beautiful carved greenstone trophy, a framed certificate and $2,500.  The Runner-Up, the hugely successful Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, representing the Taupo District, received a framed certificate and $1,000.

Many local people starred in the DVD and Robbie Kay also enlisted the help of local expert Dave Owen from Wave-length Media to produce it. The DVD will be played during the upcoming Mitavite Horse Trial at Kihikihi at Easter and the trophy and certificate will be also be on display. In the meantime the Trophy and certificate will be taken to the next Waipa District Councillors meeting. Robyn North and John Nicholson will also attend to give the Councillors a first hand report on the Awards weekend. The Mayor of Waipa District Mr Alan Livingston said he was stoked with the win and that it meant a lot to Waipa District. He also jokingly added that John's speeches are getting longer each time he takes the stage, adding that his first speech consisted merely of a hand full of words.  With John being the recipient of three other awards over the past year or so he is surely getting used to the lime-light.

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