July 15, 2014
The awards sparked a huge 693 nominations from every corner of the country - exceeding expectations in the first year the awards have been run. The Pride of New Zealand Awards, sponsored by The New Zealand Herald, The Hits radio station and TSB Bank, aims to find and recognise those Kiwi campaigners, volunteers, fundraisers, care givers and other unsung heroes across the land who have done something extraordinary to help others.
Regional finalists in six categories for each of four geographical areas have just been announced.
Upper North Island finalists:
Bravery & heroism: Judy Donaldson and Kerrie-Rae Herbert, Kaeo; Arie Litherland, Auckland; Elliot Ikilei, Auckland.
Community Spirit: Buddhi Wilcox, Whangarei; Albert Barber and Thelma Horne, Moerewa Northland; Carole McMinn, Auckland.
Emergency Services: Greg Brownson, Auckland; Benjamin Sykes, Auckland; Steven McCarthy, Auckland.
Environment: Don Robertson, Auckland; Green Jon Morgan, Auckland; Todd Hamilton, Whangarei.
Fundraiser of the Year: Johanna Chambers, North Shore; Tony Scott, Auckland; Brando Yelavich, Auckland.
Lifetime Achievement: Sue Shepherd, Northland; William Jack Field, Auckland; Glenn Miller, Auckland.
Central North Island finalists:
Bravery & heroism: Deane O'Connor, Tauranga; Buddy Harwood, Athenree.
Community Spirit: Shelley Blair, Te Awamutu; Julie King, Tokoroa; Steve Pearson, Tauranga.
Emergency Services: Maera Maki, Murupara; Shane Beech, Te Puke; Blair Gilbert, Rotorua.
Environment: Taupo Bird Rescue, Taupo; Tony Howse, Whangamata; Lance Talstra, Mount Maunganui.
Fundraiser of the Year: Peter Blackwell, Tauranga; Lea Thompson, Kaingaroa; Keri & Ryan Topperwein, Whakatane.
Lifetime Achievement: Colin Smyth, Rotorua; Noel Hewlett, Whitianga; Jenny Edwards, Whitianga.
Lower North Island finalists:
Bravery & heroism: Wade Kelly, Hastings; Giana-lee Moore, Gisborne; Matamaru Rere, Wellington.
Community Spirit: The Swannell Family, Napier; Rebecca Culver, Palmerston North; Marcia Guest, Wellington.
Emergency Services: Mike Harrison, Waipawa; Dr Chris Lane, Kapiti Coast; Wayne Stevens, Wellington.
Environment: Colin Ogle, Wanganui; Don Bell, Carterton; Kathleen Mato, Wairoa.
Fundraiser of the Year: Simon Thompson, London; Colin Anderson, Palmerston North; Jayden Drinnan, Carterton.
Lifetime Achievement: Roy Sefton, Palmerston North; Hai Tong Too, Napier; Rex Allen, Gisborne.
South Island finalists:
Bravery & heroism:Andrew Clouston, Amberley; Kyle Paki Paki, Gary Miller and Phillip Walker, Nelson; Rod Partington, Stu Farquhar, Shane Lynch, Christchurch.
Community Spirit: Kelly Dugan, Christchurch; Rachel Jenkinson, Balclutha; Norma Bethune, Dunedin.
Emergency Services: Jan Bourke, Christchurch; Jude Edge, Winton; Mark Buckley, Christchurch.
Environment: Andrew Crossland, Christchurch; Ian Price, Nelson; Dr Sue Jarvis, Christchurch.
Fundraiser of the Year: Jayne & Mike Rattray, Christchurch; Tama Easton, Nelson; Mark Janssen, Nelson.
Lifetime Achievement: Brenda Donovan, Bluff; David Atkinson, Rangiora; Tihi Puanaki, Christchurch.
Winners will be named at four functions - one for the northern region on Monday, August 4 in Auckland, central North Island in Tauranga on Tuesday, August 5, lower North Island in Hastings on Wednesday, August 6 and one in Christchurch for the South Island on Thursday, August 7.
From those regional winners, the overall national winners will then be selected.
The national awards categories will be judged by a panel of prominent Kiwis: Broadcaster Judy Bailey, Victoria Cross holder Corporal Willie Apiata, TSB Bank CEO Kevin Murphy and APN New Zealand CEO Jane Hastings.
From Monday, August 11, voting in the TSB Bank's People's Choice Award kicks off nationwide, with winners in that special section plus the six overall categories being announced at the national final in Auckland on Wednesday, September, 10.
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