Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards

Volunteers are at the heart of our community - dedicating hours of time and energy every year to making their community a better place to live.

Run in partnership with the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils and set up as an opportunity to recognise and thank local voluntary groups and their contributions to the community, anyone can enter a voluntary group or organisation in the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards, including voluntary groups themselves.

Since the Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards began in 2000,  with the Tasman district joining the Awards scheme in 2006, more than $100,000 has been given away to deserving voluntary groups and organisations. The prize money for a Trustpower Community Award is $1,000. Regional Supreme Winners will receive $2,000 and a trip for two to the 2018 Trustpower National Community Awards.

In a change from previous years, both Nelson and Tasman will each name a Supreme Winner, meaning two groups will progress to the Trustpower National Awards held the following year.


  • Entries open Mon 5 March
  • Entries close Thursday 31 May
  • Awards night will be Tuesday 16 October
  • Entries can only be made online at 


The Trustpower Community Awards are open to all community organisations with a voluntary component.

The Trustpower Community Award recipients are recognised for services to the community in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Heritage and Environment - Improve and revitalise the local environment, culture or heritage.
  • Health and Wellbeing - Provide services that enhance the social wellbeing of people.
  • Arts and Culture - Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities or improve the community culture.
  • Sport and Leisure - Increase participation and enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits.
  • Educational and Child/Youth Development - Improve and enhance the education of the community or the educational or social development of children and youth.

Anyone can enter a group – groups can even enter themselves.

For further information contact Rachael Large, Nelson City Council Community Partnerships, 545 8746, or or Abbie Siely, Community and Communications Advisor Trustpower on  0800 87 11 11 extension 8153,  021 276 5319 or