Nine Nelsonian heroes were celebrated last night during an awards ceremony at The Petite Fleur.
As part of the 2016 New Zealander of the Year Awards, the nine Kiwibank Local Heroes were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.
Mayor Rachel Reese was on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards.
“These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together. Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live. That’s why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Nelson’s very own local heroes,” she said.
The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Nelson were:
Graeme James McConnell
Dr Kay Sneddon
Now in their seventh year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community. This year, 292 medals will be presented nationwide with one Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala in February next year.
Kiwibank CEO Paul Brock said Kiwibank was proud to support local communities celebrating their outstanding citizens during the past seven years.
“The Local Hero Awards are very special. They recognise good people in our communities. People whose sacrifice, optimism, and commitment make others better off.
“They might not see their deeds as special. They’d be the first to say they’re not special people. But we know otherwise so these awards are Nelson’s way of saying thanks.
“New Zealand has a long-standing tradition of community service. It’s therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Hero Awards, where we can give thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities.”
In December, the judging panel – comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts – will decide the 10 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year semifinalists, with three finalists to be announced in the New Year. All national finalists will attend the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala where one will be named the 2016 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year.
The 2016 New Zealander of the Year Awards are presented in six award categories with one overall winner for each. The categories are:
- The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year
- The Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year
- The University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year
- The Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year
- The Sanitarium New Zealand Innovator of the Year
- The Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year