Find Per­son of the Year

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We need your help in find­ing the 2018 Hawke’s Bay To­day Per­son of the Year.

He or she could be some­one who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity in char­ity, fundrais­ing or non-profit ac­tiv­i­ties. Or some­one who has achieved re­mark­able suc­cess in busi­ness, ca­reer or sport, or heroic ac­tions.

Those nom­i­nated have large shoes to fill. Last year’s win­ner was Maraenui com­mu­nity worker Min­nie Ra­tima, hon­oured for her sac­ri­fice helping oth­ers.

In 2016, Bill and Anne Perry were dubbed the “saviours of the Waipatiki Beach Hol­i­day Park” af­ter seal­ing a deal with the Napier and Hast­ings coun­cils and Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil to keep the park for­ever in pub­lic hands.

The 2015 win­ner, Ian Emmerson, was de­scribed by one judge as epit­o­mis­ing “the great Bay man”.

Pae­di­a­tri­cian and Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sioner Rus­sell Wills was the judges’ unan­i­mous choice the year be­fore, while in­au­gu­ral win­ner, Flaxmere Box­ing Academy head coach Craig McDougall, was also cho­sen unan­i­mously.

Hawke’s Bay To­day deputy editor Mark Story said he was proud to get be­hind the an­nual quest. “Hawke’s Bay has so many peo­ple do­ing amaz­ing things and we see this as an op­por­tu­nity to give praise to a de­serv­ing per­son. These peo­ple don’t do what they do for any recog­ni­tion, but we be­lieve it is im­por­tant to shine a light on their achieve­ments.”

The win­ner will be an­nounced be­fore Christ­mas.

■ Nom­i­na­tions to [email protected]­day.co.nz with a few sen­tences ex­plain­ing why you have cho­sen that per­son.

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