At Trees That Count, we love to celebrate our community: the tens of thousands of planters, funders and generous Kiwis who enable everything we do. We’re stoked to be able to tell you that we’re finalists for ‘Community of the Year’ in this year’s Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards.
The Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year Award - Ngā Pou Whirinaki o te Tau - recognises a rōpū or group of people that make an outstanding difference to their community in 2021.
The awards search for groups that “foster a strong sense of kotahitanga (community spirit) and their achievements enhance the social, economic, cultural, or environmental prosperity of their rohe (region), making it stronger and more vibrant.”
As well as the charity’s core group of twelve staff, the Trees That Count community comprises close to 20,000 planters and funders, who have helped over 700 native planting projects nationwide to grow with over half a million native trees.
“We’ve always been focused on growing a positive community movement to get more native trees planted, and we’re really proud of the large-scale grassroots change we’ve been able to achieve together,” says Adele Fitzpatrick, CEO.
“To be recognised among Aotearoa’s top community movements is a huge privilege, and one we don’t take lightly: we are in incredibly deserving company.”
Two other groups doing amazing work are also finalists for the Community of the Year award: the Christchurch Mosque Victims Group and the Te Puea Memorial Marae Indigenous Homeless Service Delivery Model. You can read more about all the finalists here.
The winners for each category will be announced at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa awards ceremony, which will be held on March 31.