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Help Us Find NZ’s Mother Of The Year

Help Us Find NZ’s Mother Of The Year

Mothers Online is launching its Mother of the Year Awards

A mother’s job is never done, or so the saying goes: loads of clothing to be washed, meals to be cooked, and love and encouragement to be given.

To honour the unsung heroes of our lives, Mothers Online – New Zealand’s online community for mothers - is launching its inaugural nationwide Mother of the Year Awards.

The awards will be judged by a panel of celebrity mothers, including Good Morning presenter, Sarah Bradley, Polly Gillespie from ZM, Alison Quigan who plays receptionist, Yvonne Jeffries, on Shortland St, along with Mothers Online Founder, Minka Phillips, one member of Mothers Online, and the Honourable Steve Chadwick - Minister of Women’s Affairs.

Steve comments: “I feel privileged to be a judge for the Mothers Online Mother of the Year Awards. My experience both as a midwife and as a Member of Parliament has allowed me to meet so many wonderful mothers and to see first-hand how crucial the role of the mother is in our society. I am committed to ensuring our children and families in New Zealand have every possible chance to live healthy and fulfilling lives. I am sure that these awards will remind everyone just how special mothers are.”

The Awards consist of four categories: up to 25 years, 26-35 years, 36-44 years and 45+ years, and aim to put the spotlight on mothers of all ages; acknowledging and rewarding them for the hard work they do 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will be a Mother of the Year selected from the winners of each age category, along with a ‘people’s choice’ winner, and the age-category winners - all winners will share in a prize pack totalling more than $20,000.

Nominees will be judged according to a selection of criteria chosen by members of Mothers Online. Of the criteria, Minka comments, “It was really interesting to see which qualities our members’ believed a role model mother should have. The attribute that kept cropping up was a sense of humour – definitely a necessity for all mothers! Other popular criteria were: patience, maintaining a balance between self-care and childcare, spending quality time with your children, having unconditional love for your children, and contribution. We are confident that we will find loads of mothers who are really special in these areas.”

Nominations for the Mother of the Year awards are open from now until 19 April 2008. To nominate a mother you know, simply visit www.motheroftheyear.conz and tell New Zealand why she should win. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ while you’re there. The Mother of the Year winners will be announced on Mothers Day (Sunday, 11 May), also Mothers Online’s second birthday. What a way to celebrate!


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