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Find your 2018 Kiwibank Local Heroes

Wednesday, August 09, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: Awards, community engagement

It’s time to get your nominations in for the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards.

The New Zealander of the Year Awards is the ultimate accolade for New Zealanders, nominated by New Zealanders. They recognise, encourage and reward New Zealand's most vital asset - its people.
In addition to the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, awards will also be presented to New Zealanders who have performed with distinction in five additional award categories:

  • University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year (15 to 30 years)
  • Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year (60 years and over)
  • Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year
  • Sanitarium New Zealand Innovator of the Year
  • Mitre10 New Zealand Community of the Year

The annual Local Hero Awards provide a unique and special way to acknowledge the individuals who have made a positive difference in their community.

You can nomination someone in your community for any of these awards online or by contacting 0508 692 927 for a brochure.

Nominations for the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards closed on Monday 18th September 2017.

Previous winners of the New Zealander of the Year Award are:

  • Taika Waititi (2017),
  • Richie McCaw (2016),
  • Sir Stephen Tindall (2015),
  • Dr Lance O’Sullivan (2014),
  • Dame Anne Salmond (2013),
  • Sir Richard Taylor (2012),
  • Sir Paul Callaghan (2011) and
  • Sir Ray Avery (2010).

The 2017 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Hayden Smith was concerned about the trashed state of New Zealand’s marine environment. Hayden persuaded the then five Mayors of the greater Auckland region to sponsor him and for the past 14 years he has been cleaning up shores in not just Auckland, but all over the world. He is the only recipient of the Clearwater Award outside of the USA for his work in engaging communities to help clean up the environment.

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