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 from 31st January on our Facebook and website, with winners announced every weekday from the 17th March. 

Congratulations to our 2022 Community Awards winners, and a massive thank you for the incredible mahi that you do!

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 2022 finalists are:

Event Excellence Award

  • Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival
  • He Iwi Kotahi Tauranga Moana Charitable Trust – Waitangi Day Celebrations
  • National Jazz Festival
  • Tauranga Multicultural Festival
  • Te Kete O Matariki

Sustainable Future Award

  • Envirohub Bay of Plenty
  • Friends of the Blade
  • Maketū Ōngātoro Wetland Society
  • PiPS - People, Plants, Schools
  • Youth Search and Rescue Trust

Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • English Language Partners Bay of Plenty
  • Pacific Island Community (Tauranga) Trust
  • RainbowYOUTH
  • StarJam
  • Tauranga Riding for the Disabled

Heart of the Community Award

  • Alzheimers Society Tauranga
  • Good Neighbour Projects Team
  • Homes of Hope Charitable Trust
  • Western Bay Heritage Trust
  • YWAM Ships Aotearoa - Trinity Koha Dental Clinic

Youth Spirit Award

  • Kim Kaur
  • Kororia Solomon
  • Quinn Boyle
  • Ryan Kayser
  • Shuari Naidoo

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Andrew McDowell
  • Bill Webb
  • David Walker
  • Maureen Paterson
  • Rodney Landrebe

Who is Eligible for the TECT Community Awards?

Any not-for-profit organisation or volunteer in the Western Bay of Plenty can be nominated for the TECT Community Awards. Groups do not have to have received funding from TECT to apply. The Awards are based on activities undertaken in the previous 12 months.

Who Can Nominate a Group for the Awards?

Anyone can make a nomination in any of the 6 award categories. Nominators do not need to be directly associated with the group/person being nominated.

What are the Categories?

The TECT Community Awards are divided into six categories. If, in the view of the judges, an entry meets the criteria for consideration under another category, the judges reserve the right to transfer the entry to that category.

  • Event Excellence Award – recognising an event that has excelled in bringing our community together.
  • Sustainable Future Award – recognising a group that demonstrates sustainable practices embedded into the organisational strategy, vision and operations.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award – recognising an innovative initiative which supports diversity and inclusion within our community.
  • Heart of the Community Award – recognising a group that has gone above and beyond business as usual to support a thriving, caring and connected community.
  • Youth Spirit Award – recognising an individual under 25 who embodies community spirit through their contribution to the community.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – recognising an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community.

A Lifetime Service Award winner will also be announced on the night. A People's Choice Award will also open in February for the general public to vote on their favourite finalist. 

How Are the Awards Judged?

A panel made up of community representatives judge the entries. The key criteria considered by judges are:

  • Impact on community - benefit of service/project on the wider community
  • Innovation and creativity - utilises innovative ideas and new approaches.
  • Effectiveness of activities - success of service, achievement or objectives
  • Use of resources - cost effectiveness, sustainability, and volunteering involvement and commitment 
  • Collaboration – evidence of collaboration and partnerships

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