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This is New Zealand's premier community award and opportunity to honour someone you know who is making a positive difference to their region, town, suburb, community or local group. 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 adversity. Whatever their field of endeavours we need to recognise these unsung heroes and say thank you for their inspiration and contribution. The Local Hero Awards will celebrate one national winner each year in February 2017, and at a regional level by awarding up to 250 Kiwibank Local Hero medals in 16 regions across New Zealand in November/December annually. 


Criteria

Reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The Local Heroes Awards recognise the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place. Honour someone you know who is making a contribution to their region, town, suburb, community or local group.

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 adversity. Whatever their field of endeavours we need to recognise these unsung heroes and say thank you for their inspiration and contribution.

The judges will consider the following criteria when determining if the nominee will be the recipient of a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal.

  • Describe the initiative and leadership demonstrated by the individual
  • Outline their current role in the community, group or organisation in which they have been involved
  • Describe the amount of time / hours committed paid or unpaid
  • Outline the difference the individual has made to another person or person's life
  • Describe the impact of their contribution on their community or to their cause
  • Outline if relevant commitment to their own personal development by participation in courses, forums, conventions and other training opportunities
  • Outline length of service / duration of involvement in achieving their goals
  • Describe the outcomes achieved

The Local Heroes Awards will celebrate one national winner at the Gala Awards Presentation Dinner in February 2017. In addition all nominees who meet the criteria will be invited to a regional medal presentation in one of 16 locations around NZ.

You may like to consider nominating your Local Hero in one of the other Award Categories also.

“In 2009, we helped to set up the New Zealander of the Year Awards. It’s our firm belief that as Kiwis, we should be celebrating ourselves, the amazing things that happen in this country and most importantly, those people who are working hard in their communities to improve the lives of those around them. It’s a privilege to be part of these Awards and recognising great Kiwis.”
Paul Brock
Kiwibank Chief Executive