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. 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 are:

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

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.
  • Rising Star Award – recognising and encouraging emerging grassroots groups in our 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 will judge the entries. The key criteria considered by judges will be:

  • 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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