Nominations sought to celebrate Local Heroes
Nominations are being sought from around the country for Local Heroes as part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2012.
Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards recognise those everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities.
These awards celebrate the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of those Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place.
Local Heroes may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environ- mental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal difficulty.
Whatever their field of endeavours we need to recognise these unsung heroes and say thank you for their inspiration and contribution.
The Local Heroes Awards celebrate one national winner at a Gala Awards Presentation dinner in Auckland on February 16, 2012.
Principal sponsor Kiwibank will provide the national winner with $5000 and a custom-made trophy from a New Zealand artist.
These awards will also recognise Local Heroes at a regional level by awarding up to 250 Local Heroes medals in 15 regions across New Zealand.
These will be presented at ceremonies around New Zealand during March 2012.
All nominees will receive a certificate of achievement or encouragement in recognition of their contribution.
New Zealander of the Year Awards manager Emma Mcdonald is encouraging all New Zealanders to nominate someone from their community for this prestigious award. ‘‘There are so many unsung heroes all around New Zealand whose charity, selflessness and contributions are making a profound effect on individuals, families and organisations within their communities,’’ said Ms Mcdonald.
Nomination forms are available online at www.nzawards.org.nz or Kiwibank, Countdown and Mitre 10 stores.
For information or assistance in submitting a nomination, text: ‘‘nominate’’ to 244 or call toll free 0508 692 927.
Nominations close on 14, 2011.
Lucky winner: During July, Robert Harris ran a competition and if $20 was spent, the person went into the draw to win a Breville espresso machine, a grinder and two bags of Robert Harris coffee beans. Three hundred and fifty entries were received and the lucky winner was Matamata resident Marc Ireland. Fifty per cent of entries came from Matamata and 50 per cent from visitors to Matamata. Robert Harris Matamata owner Mike Buckman said he thought it was great that the prize went to one of their regulars. As a sign of good will, staff at Robert Harris gave Mr Ireland a lesson on how to use an espresso machine last week.