Ashburton District residents are being encouraged to nominate a local for the 2017 New Zealander of the
Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay says the awards celebrate outstanding citizens doing wonderful things in the community and believes Ashburton District is home to many of these exceptional people.
"One of the best things about my job is meeting the many local heroes who tirelessly work to make this community great. These are the people whose selflessness and everyday acts of kindness make Ashburton, and indeed New Zealand, a great place to live."
The prestigious awards recognise a diverse range of Kiwis from all fields of endeavour, including science, business, the arts, cultural or community involvement, sport, education and health. They are open to New Zealanders of all ages whose actions have inspired their community and the country as a whole.
"There are a number of award categories available, and I encourage the community to put their names forward. I can think of no better way to honour the best of Ashburton than by nominating someone for New Zealander of the Year."
Nominations for the awards are open until 30 September 2016 and will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala in Auckland in February next year.
More information on the awards can be found at www.nzawards.org.nz .