Name per­son of the year

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Time’s run­ning out for your nom­i­na­tions in the quest to un­earth 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 terms of char­ity, fundrais­ing or non-profit ac­tiv­i­ties. Or some­one who has achieved re­mark­able suc­cess in busi­ness, ca­reer or sport. Or shown heroic ac­tions.

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

In 2016, Bill and Anne Perry were dubbed the “saviours of the Waipatiki Beach Hol­i­day Park” af­ter seal­ing a deal with the Napier, Hast­ings and Hawke’s Bay re­gional coun­cils to see the park stay 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.

Deputy ed­i­tor Mark Story said Hawke’s Bay To­day 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.” The win­ner will be an­nounced be­fore Christ­mas.

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