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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, 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.
  • What has this person done that has inspired you to make this nomination?
  • How does the work/community contribution of your nominee positively impact their community or the cause that they are working toward?
  • Describe the difference this person is making to the community.
  • If this is something that they are doing for their job or study, what have they done that has gone above and beyond to show leadership, create change and give back to the community?
  • Have there been any challenges they have had to overcome?
  • How would winning this award impact your nominee and the good work that they are doing?

The Local Heroes Awards will celebrate one national winner at the Gala Awards Presentation Dinner in February of each year. 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