The TECT Community Awards have been designed to bring together all those who are involved in the not-for-profit sector; a celebration and recognition of those in our community helping make the Western Bay of Plenty one of the greatest places to live.
This will also be a fantastic opportunity for people to come together, to meet, network and to build deeper relationships with others working towards common goals. And we'll have some spectacular entertainment along the way.
Who Could Nominate a Group for the Awards?
Anyone could make a nomination in any of the 6 award categories. Nominators did 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 met the criteria for consideration under another category, the judges reserved the right to transfer the entry to that category.
- Rising Star Award – recognising and encouraging emerging grassroots groups in our community.
- Event Excellence Award – recognising an event that has excelled in bringing our community together.
- Diversity and Inclusion Award – recognising an innovative initiative which supports diversity and inclusion within our community.
- Sustainable Future Award – recognising a group that demonstrates sustainable practices embedded into the organisational strategy, vision and operations.
- Volunteer of the Year Award – recognising an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community.
- Youth Spirit Award – recognising an individual under 25 who embodies community spirit through their contribution to the community.
How Were the Awards Judged?
A panel made up of community representatives Allison Stewart, Carlo Ellis and Paul Geoghegan judged the entries. The key criteria considered by judges were:
- 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