Name person of the year
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.