Paihia

New Zealand Community of the Year

2015

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New Zealand Community of the Year

Ngā Pou Whirinaki o te Tau

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Paihia! has been working to positively change and improve its community, looking at economic, social, cultural and environmental elements across the town. Projects include the Harcourt Pro Am Golf Tournament, Paihia Half-Marathon and even Bathtub Racing. The group is also working on the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Opua Railway Station and the 2014 Placemaking Projects.
Paihia has a lot of organisations for its size, and an even larger number of volunteers. The collaboration of the residents, Council, local businesses and community organisations has achieved a complete revitalisation of the town. That is not only visually stunning, but is now underpinned by a sound and cohesive, long term management and planning structure. This will ensure that the legacy of community pride and spirit, that has been achieved, will continue.