Trustpower community awards


Volunteers are at the heart of every community – dedicating hours of time and energy every year to making their community a better place to live, Trustpower understands that, which is why we celebrate and reward volunteers through our Community Awards programme.


Any voluntary group or volunteer- based not-for-profit organisation working in the interests of their community can be entered in the Trustpower Community Awards.

The Awards are based on activities undertaken in the previous 12 months. Entries that focus on future activities or the work of an individual volunteer will not be considered.

(For information on how to recognise the work of individual volunteers please contact your local Council.)


ANYONE! And best of all it only takes a few minutes! Entries must be made on the official form.


Groups and organisations that have been entered into the Trustpower Community Awards will be contacted to complete an Information Form which allows the group to outline their contribution to the community. These groups or organisations are only eligible forjudging once the Information Form has been submitted. Information Forms can be completed online or they can be downloaded at

Please ensure the Information Form is completed by a group member with relevant experience and knowledge of the group.


The Trustpower Community Awards are divided into five categories, listed below. On the Information Form, groups need to select ONE category to be judged in. 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.

Heritage & Environment

Improve and revitalise the local environment, culture or heritage

Health & Wellbeing

Provide services that enhance the health and social wellbeing of people.

Arts & Culture

Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities or improve community culture.

Sport & Leisure

Increase participation and/or enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits or provide support to participants.

Education & Child/Youth Development

Improve and enhance the education of the community, or the educational or social development of children and youth.

The winner of each category will receive $500 and a framed certificate and the runner-up will receive $250 and a framed certificate. The Supreme Winner receives $1,500, a framed certificate, a trophy held for one year and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to participate in the Trustpower National Community Awards.

The judges reserve the right to not award prizes in the case of there being no suitable entries.


A panel made up of Trustpower, local Council and community representatives judge the entries. The key criteria considered by the judges are:

  • Volunteer Input – volunteering involvement, commitment and passion
  • Use of Resources – cost effectiveness and service/project sustainability
  • Initiative and Creativity – innovation, capacity to overcome difficulties or face challenges
  • Effectiveness of Activities – success of service/project, achievement of objectives
  • Impact – benefit of service/ project on targeted audience and/ or community

The decisions of the judges will be final. Representatives of the entered organisations and the person who entered them in the Awards will be invited to attend the Awards function, which will be held approximately six weeks after entries close.

UNCROC public consultation


Have your say on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report under UNCROC

New Zealand is due to report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) by 5 May 2015, on Government progress to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). We have compiled the Report and now we want to know what you think.

The Report outlines the progress the Government has made in improving outcomes for children, implementing the articles of UNCROC, and addressing the 2011 Concluding Observations of the Committee over the reporting period (February 2011 to March 2015).

The Report reflects the Government’s strong and enduring focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable children and their families, young people at high risk of disengaging from education, training, or seeking employment, and young people in conflict with the law. The Report also reflects work progressed under the UNCROC Work Programme.

The Report comes in two parts:

If you do not have time to read the whole report, but you still want to have your say, you can read the summary:

The many ways you can have your say on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report are listed below.

How do I have my say?

If you have read the Fifth Periodic Report or the summary, then we would like to know what you think.

You can have your say by completing and submitting the following questionnaire.

As you fill out each page of the questionnaire, your answers will automatically be saved and sent to us.

If you would like to keep a copy of your completed questionnaire, you will need to save it to your desktop or print out a copy.

We recommend that you have a copy of the Report open while you answer the questions.

You can also come to the public meetings we will be holding in early February 2015:

Wellington 3 February 2015 Bowen State Building 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Christchurch 5 February 2015 The Atrium 10:00am to 12:00pm
Auckland 12 February 2015 Mt Albert Senior Citzens Hall 11:00am to 1:00pm


For more information visit:

Assess your organisation! is a New Zealand website dedicated to helping you assess the viability of your NonProfit. You can share the online questionnaire with colleagues and board members and it will automatically join the results or just answer the questions yourself for a quick report on performance.

You can trot through the questions in about 10 minutes.

Once complete you are provided with a report showing how you have ranked across different areas:

  • Direction
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • People
  • Administration
  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Evaluation
  • Relationships

You are then directed to resources that will help you develop in the relevant areas.

You can come back later and complete the assessment again and you’ll be shown a comparison.

This is simple tool that can help you reflect on your organisation and find out how you and your NonProfit can develop further.


WOW 12 January 2015: The Coming Year

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We’ll add a link to the Ways of Working podcast when it becomes available at

First up I discussed Charities Services’ key characteristics of effective charities so you too can be geared for success:

  • Clear purpose and direction
  • Strong governance
  • The right people for its activities
  • Sound and prudent

You can find out more at

Have format domain name? visit to register your eligibility for a .nz version of your domain name by 1pm 30 March 2015

XRB reporting starts for financial years beginning in 2015. You won’t need to report until 2016 but it’s worth knowing what you’ll need to provide from the start of the year. Find out more at

Songs were Rise by PIL, Why are you being so reasonable now? by The Wedding Present and This is not a love song by PIL again!


Results Based Accountability – Workshop Resources

First slide of RBA presentation

Here is the presentation as delivered on 10 December 2014 at Community Link.

On the day online resources were mentioned, these are available at They are being updated – we’ll share the revised info through the DCOSS meeting list when it’s available.

Have you made use of RBA? And are you willing to share your experience – if so get in touch – DCOSS email.

We’ll be running more session in 2015 – make sure you’ve signed up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out. Just add your name and email address to the form on the right.

Community Networks Aotearoa – Biennial Conference

In the two days leading up to Labour Weekend, 124 delegates gathered in Christchurch for our biennial conference. Held this year in conjunction with the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) the conference took “Social Justice in Communities” as its theme.

Those who attended enjoyed a range of presentations from 17 excellent speakers who looked at issues from Placemaking and Transitional Engineering through to housing and social justice advocacy. The daily programmes were held together by our entertaining MC Adrian Te Patu, and his drum, and the overall response to the conference was excellent.

For those unable to attend (and those wishing to remind themselves of what they heard and learnt), many of the conference presentations are now available at with more being added as they come to hand. The website also includes a brief video from VisionWest Community Housing whose CEO Lisa Woolley was one of our speakers.

The day before the conference began, we held our AGM at which we officially adopted and toasted our new name. Our thanks to all our members who joined us in Christchurch and helped make this conference an occasion to remember.

Community Networks Aotearoa

Tel: 04 472 3364


Dunedin Curtain Bank: Room for rent


The Dunedin Curtain Bank has a separate office within the curtain bank available for rent.  The rent is $230 per month which includes power, wifi/printing are extra costs and there is no landline.  Rental includes use of the common room/cinema which need to be booked in advance.  There are kitchen/bathroom facilities.  Access to the office is via stairs and there is no lift available. Please contact Tammy on 021 224 0922 or email at if you are interested in this space.


More Census 2013 infographics and case studies


The latest newsletter from is even more interesting than usual.

It includes articles on a recently released collection of case studies on how groups including a good many non-profits use census information to plan their activities and to track the difference they make. Learn more about this PDF on their website. If you make use of the Census information we’d love to hear about it here at COSSD.

The new infographics released include iwi groupings and individual iwi posters.

Social and economic outcomes for disabled people is a 20 page document featuring a breakdown of the experiences of people living with disability. Skip to page 5 for the key points.

For all this and more about Te Reo and our broadband connections view the newsletter online.

Cosy Homes: Update and Request for Proposals


Our vision: Every Home in Dunedin is Warm and Cosy by 2025

It has now been over a year since the successful Cosy Homes Symposium.  This is a brief update to let you know where we are up to.  The steering group formed at the symposium has met on numerous occasions and achieved a number of tasks outlined below.

Operational Models

We have had Skype interviews with both: Phil Squires, CEO of the Sustainability Trust, Wellington; and Chris Farrelly, Chair of Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau, CEO of Manaia Health PHO, Northland.  Both of these organisations are working towards similar goals but using two very different models.  They have given the steering group significant insight and the discussion on possible models continues.

As a result of the Skype interview and with the financial support of EECA, both Chris Farrelly and Robert Linterman EECA came to Dunedin in March 2014, to further the conversation and promote the concept to some key organisations.  This resulted in the formation of the Governance Group.

Governance Group

A Governance Group has been formed with members from; Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Southern District Health Board, Presbyterian Support Otago, Blueskin Resilience Community Trust, Council of Social Services Otago, ACC, Otago Property Investors Ass., Ministry of Social Development, Housing NZ, University of Otago, Anglican Family Care and Energy Matters.  There has been robust discussion as to the final structure of this group with a possible model of a smaller governance group and a larger reference/advisory/implementation group.  The establishment of a Trust, which will act as the conduit for funding, has been considered and a draft deed is currently being worked on.

Future Work

Considerable work has gone into developing the bones of documents for the trust.  The governance group has acquired funding from the DCC, ORC and EECA to seek Request for Proposals (below) to complete the following work.


  • Marketing plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties
  • Work Plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties.
  • Funding plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties.  This plan will also detail the Trust’s handling of money and audit processes, and will be informed by potential funders, sponsors and central and local government budget processes.
  • Development of a draft job description for a Cosy Homes coordinator / CEO
  • Complete final draft of strategic documents

Please ensure that this information is passed onto those who may have an interest in the work.

Home insulation

With the support of EECA, Otago Community Trust and the DCC there was in excess of 500 houses insulated last year at no cost to the owner or landlord.  Alongside this there was the DCC rates scheme and the usual EECA subsidised work.  This financial year we aim to insulate 1200 house for those who have a community services card and are high users of the health system.

Cosy Homes is a real team effort; the basis of this is the work that came out of the Cosy Home Symposium which captured the thinking of so many of you.  We will keep you informed as we progress.