Selwyn came together to celebrate some of the many businesses, community groups, and individuals who are achieving great things in our district at the Selwyn Awards.

The Hororātā Community Trust and Lake Coleridge Tourism Group were nominated in the Tourism category and Terrace Station Charitable Trust in the Heritage category. 

A small group traveled to the star-studded Selwyn Awards gala dinner which was held in the Selwyn Sports Centre. With Hilary Barry as the MC, an amazing menu full of local fare, music, and more it was a wonderful celebration. 

The Hororātā Community Trust won a Gold award. 

Since Hororātā Community Trust’s inception,  we recognized that for our communities to thrive we needed to invite people in, to put our area on the map. Since then we have been focused on providing exceptional experiences for visitors at festivals like the Hororata Highland Games, Glow Festival, and smaller events. We have worked on increasing our communities presence and reach through the online community hub and social media.

Our secret sauce is our people, our passionate and dedicated Clan Hororata volunteers. This award is recognition of your hard work, thank you.

Thank you to our partners, funders and patrons, your support helps the Trust do what we do.Thank you to everyone who comes to our events, you help us make a difference in our rural area.

Congratulations to the Lake Coleridge Tourism Group who were awarded Bronze. 

Lake Coleridge Tourism Group originated 23 years ago in response to a need in the district for tourism infrastructure and helped set up variety of individual rural tourism businesses based from Windwhistle to the head of the north side of the Rakaia valley. The group has advocated for district improvements and has been instrumental in creating jobs and activities in the district. Its first big project was creating a history of the district book, The West of Windwhistle, which is now on its third reprint. Book sales are providing financial stability for the group which has stood the test of time and has grown from eight to 22 members.

Congratulations to Terrace Station Charitable Trust who were awarded Bronze.

Terrace Station was the home of Sir John Hall, runholder, politician and democratic reformer, and his wife Rose, Lady Hall. The Terrace Station Charitable Trust (TSCT) was established in 2002 to preserve and maintain this 19th century homestead and associated farm buildings for the public.

TSCT’s objectives are:

  • Preserve and maintain the homestead as an historic place;

  • To maintain the historic garden;

  • To encourage recording the history of the life of Rose, Lady Hall and Sir John Hall.

TSCT is preserving the homestead and connecting generations to the stories of the pioneers who made it their home.

Thank you to the Selwyn District Council for putting on these awards. We highly recommend people consider nominating a business, group, or individual when the awards happen again in 2025.