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Nominations Sought for Local Heroes

Submitted by on August 12, 2010 – 10:28 pm

Nominations are being sought from around the country for ‘Local Heroes’ as part of  the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2011. 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 environmental 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 The Local Heroes Awards celebrate one national winner at a Gala Awards Presentation dinner in Auckland on the 2nd February 2011.

Principal sponsor Kiwibank will provide the national winner with $5,000 and a handcrafted, New Zealand-made trophy. These awards will also recognise Local Heroes at a regional level by awarding up to 250 Local Heroes medals in 25 regions across New Zealand. These will be presented at a special ceremony in each of the 25 regions during March 2011. All nominees will receive a certificate of achievement or encouragement in recognition of their contribution.

New Zealander of the Year Awards Manager Grant McCabe 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 their communities. A nomination in the Local Heroes Awards is a great way to show appreciation and say thank you to those people who make our local communities a better place to live” says McCabe.

Nomination forms are available online at or Kiwibank, Countdown

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination Text: ‘nominate’ to 244 or call toll free: 0508 692 927.

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