The TECT Community Awards have been designed to bring together all those who are involved in the not-for-profit sector; to celebrate and recognise their incredible community work that is helping make the Western Bay of Plenty one of the greatest places to live.

The event was hosted online over six weeks on our Facebook and website, with winners announced at the awards ceremony 18 March 2021. It was a fantastic night for people to come together, to meet, network and build deeper relationships with others working towards common goals. View photos from the event below!

Congratulations to Our Finalists

Congratulations to everyone who submitted a nomination or was nominated by someone for the TECT Community Awards. We received so many incredible nominations and our judges were inspired by the  work being done in our community by non-profit groups, volunteers and young changemakers. 

The 2021 finalists were:

Event Excellence Award

  • A Night Before Christmas
  • Escape! Festival
  • Groundswell Festival of Innovation
  • Leisure Marching North Island Display Day
  • Tauranga's Christmas in the Park

Sustainable Future Award

  • Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST)
  • Oropi School – Garden to Table
  • PiPS - People, Plants, Schools
  • Tauranga Men’s Shed
  • Te Puna Quarry Park Society

Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Tauranga
  • Mockingbird Charitable Trust
  • Momenta
  • Nepalese Association in BOP Inc
  • Sailability Tauranga Charitable Trust

Rising Star Award

  • Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust
  • True Colours - Honouring the Mother
  • Venture Centre
  • Your Garden: Children's Therapy Garden

Youth Spirit Award

  • Baylee Dyer
  • Courtney Bignell
  • Ethan Milsom
  • Frances Mole
  • Shuari Naidoo

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Barry Pethybridge
  • Dulcie Artus
  • Francis Orr
  • Mike Christian
  • Sibylle Steppat

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