Marlborough Community Awards


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Marlborough Community Awards

Applications are now open for the 2021 Marlborough Community Awards. Please complete your nomination via the online application form below.

Nominations close at 5pm on 1 October 2021.

For further information please contact Jodie Griffiths

Phone: 520 7400



The Marlborough Community Awards are a partnership between Volunteer Marlborough and Marlborough District Council to recognise volunteer groups making valuable contributions in the community and collaborating or partnering with other groups for the same benefit.

Any not-for-profit group or organisation working in the interests of the community may be nominated.

The awards are to recognise past and current achievements acknowledging the role of volunteers in the governance and delivery of services.


Nominations must be made by completing the online form. Additional support information can be attached to individual nominations.

  • The judging panel will consider the following factors:
  • Effectiveness of activities/programmes/services
  • Impact within the community
  • Volunteer input – hours and numbers
  • Numbers benefiting


Arts, Culture and Heritage – organisations and groups which enhance and increase participation in the arts, creative leisure activities, and heritage

Environment and Conservation – organisations and groups working to improve or revitalise the environment

Sport and Recreation – organisations and groups working to increase participation and enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities, and recreational pursuits

Child/Youth Development – organisations and groups working to improve and enhance the educational and social development of children and young people

Community Social Services – organisations and groups working to improve and enhance the health and social well-being of our community

Marlborough Community Awards Winners 2020

Arts, Culture & Heritage Category

Runner Up – Picton Flower Ladies

This team of fifty five volunteers welcomes cruise ship passengers to Marlborough with a friendly experience.

Winner – Tuia 250 ki Totaranui

It has been 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Maori and Pakeha and Marlborough commemorated through open discussion and debate about our histories to guide our future forward. Sharing these stories was done through many community events and experiences including a cultural welcome to the Tuia 250 flotilla, community and civic welcome on the foreshore, opportunities to explore the flotilla vessels, experience the Tuia Mātauranga Education programme, kete street markets.

Community/Social Services Category

Commendation – St John Marlborough Health Shuttle

The St John Health Shuttle is a service that ensures people in need get a door to door service to medical appointments and related activities. This covers Blenheim and the surrounding areas including Havelock, Renwick, Wairau Valley, Picton and Seddon.

Runner Up – The Blue Door

The Blue Door is a unique organisation in our community. It provides a service that recycles all manner of items and sells these treasures at affordable prices to members of the community that cannot afford to buy new items. Or some of us that just like to get a bargain. This means someone’s unwanted item becomes another persons treasure.

Winner – Marlborough Community Food Bank

Their core group of 25 volunteers work hard picking up donations of food, sorting it, packing food parcels and delivering those parcels to the referring agencies who request the parcel on behalf of their client.

Environment & Conservation Category

Winner – Rarangi Dawn Chorus

The crew of volunteers spend their time cleaning and setting traps on a weekly basis around the Whites Bay area. I am sure they are keeping fit and enjoying the scenery while doing this.

Sport & Recreation Category

Runner Up – Picton Rail and Sail

What a special organisation Picton Rail and Sail is. They have been providing enjoyment for children of all ages for many years in the school holidays and now cruise ship passengers.

They provide train rides and sailing boat hire at 20 cent a turn and this has been the same price for 50+ years. This generates an income of around $10,200 each year so it is easy to see that this is a very popular service in our community.

Winner – Marlborough Netball Centre

This group has over 200 volunteers are collectively doing an estimated 700 hours per month to keep this game alive and well in Marlborough. There are a range of activities that volunteers do from coaching and managing teams through to fundraising to keep the game affordable.

Child/Youth Development Category

Commendation – MBC Toe by Toe Reading Programme

This special programme sees volunteers train to provide one to one support to students with low literacy levels. This is provided 4 days a week during term time and can take up to a year to complete. The outcome is young men believing in their ability to learn and participate in school. A change in behaviour, attitude and self esteem is also noticeable.

Runner Up – Marlborough Youth Trust

Marlborough Youth Trust delivers events, opportunities and programs for youth in Marlborough. These include programmes such as CACTUS, Youth in Emergency Services, Youth in Employability programme. All of these programmes and the regular youth events would not be possible without the support of volunteers.

Winner – Graeme Dingle Foundation

The Graeme Dingle Foundation exists to equip our young people with skillsets, attributes and values that they need to be successful in their lives. This is achieved through their Kiwi Can programme that engages over 2,400 primary school children each term and the Career Navigator programme for secondary school students which provides an invaluable link between college age students and local employers. The STARS programme has now been added which has the senior students volunteering to help the transition of year 9 students into college life through mentoring support.

Special Award for Emerging Service – Te Pākata/Manaaki a Iwi

After the COVID-19 lockdown it was realised that there were many whanau that needed help. It was clear that a kaupapa Māori response was needed to support whanau that were having trouble making ends meet. Te Pataka was established to provide temporary relief to whanau experiencing hardship. Significant volunteer work was undertaken to source and create kai packs, hygiene packs and source and supply firewood to those in need.