Nom­i­na­tions sought to cel­e­brate Lo­cal Heroes

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.nza­ 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.

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