Honouring local heroes
by Mike Isle
Everyday people doing exceptional things in Canterbury were honoured at the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards, which celebrate people making a positive contribution to their region, town, suburb or community.
Thirty-four Kiwibank local heroes were presented with medals by councillor and chairperson of the Christchurch City Council’s Civic Awards sub-committee Yani Johanson as part of the 2019 New Zealander of the Year Awards ceremony.
“Our region’s 34 local heroes demonstrate the acts of charity, commitment and selflessness, which is what brings communities together. These individuals are a positive inspiration to us all for what they have done to uniquely touch the lives of others,” he said.
“The awards continue to be the perfect opportunity for our society to acknowledge these people and their efforts in making Canterbury a better place to live.”
Kiwibank CEO, Steve Jurkovich, said the Local Hero awards always held a special place in the hearts of the bank’s staff.
“These medal recipients are the unsung heroes whose selflessness, optimism and commitment have had a profound effect on the lives of so many in the community. Yet in the rush of day-to-day lives, we can sometimes forget to properly acknowledge just how special these people are. That is why we have the Local Heroes awards — it’s the community’s way of honouring and saying thanks to these fine people.”
The 2019 New Zealander of the Year Awards is to be presented in six award categories on February 13, 2019.