For the last couple of weeks, we have been inspired by the wonderful talent of those New Zealand athletes doing us proud at the Rio Olympics. What an incredible group of people.
While they are obviously displaying their amazing sporting talent, it is who they are, while they do what they do, that we also need feel very proud about. They are all representing us with honesty and integrity, and with the pride in our land that makes being a Kiwi so special. We must thank them all for that.
One athlete, Lydia Ko, is the current Young New Zealander of the Year 2016. At 17, Lydia became the youngest ever world No. 1 ranked professional golfer, and she continues to rewrite golfing history.
In September last year, she won the Evian Championship in France to become the youngest woman to win a golf major, and titles continue to be added to her list. What a true New Zealand hero.
New Zealand has many public heroes, while many are unsung. Real Kiwis who, in so many cases, do what they do without any acknowledgement given or expected. Their only motivation is to make their communities and this country ever greater.
The New Zealander of the Year Awards celebrate the contributions that Kiwis make to our country, communities and organisations.
This is a call to please get out now and nominate those Kiwis who are making a positive impact and a positive difference. Visit NZawards.org.nz to support and recognise these people. Nominations close 30 September 2016.