45 South staff delighted with big win

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Staff at 45 South were delighted their organisation was named the overall supreme winner at the Trustpower Community Awards ceremony at the Oamaru Opera House on Monday night.

45 South Incorporated was named the winner for its continual support of other volunteer groups in North Otago and its coverage of local news.

Chairman Mike Edwards said it was fantastic to be recognised for their work in the community.

“It’s good to see the community are behind us and we’d like to thank our supporters, viewers, and of course our sponsors for their continued help.”

The local free-to-air television station has been around since 2007 and covers anything it can in the region.

Mr Edwards said it would be business as usual.

“We are having a bit of a gathering to celebrate, but also because newsreader Megan Howell is leaving.”

Mr Edwards said they were thankful for the support from the community.

“We are just happy they chose us. They obviously watch, which is great.”

With their award being the last of the night, it was something they had to keep tight-lipped about, as they accidentally found out they won before it was revealed at the awards ceremony.

In March next year, 45 South will send two people to Wellington to make a presentation on why they should be the overall winner. They will be accompanied by Mayor Gary Kircher and his wife.

On behalf of winning, they received $1500, a certificate and a trophy.

The television station has 12-14 volunteers who help out when they can.

While 45 South may have won the award, they are always on the hunt for more volunteers.

Former chairman Tony Reynolds said it was an honour to receive the award and they were still a bit shocked.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY