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Last chance to Nominate in New Zealander of the Year Awards

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12th October 2011 - for immediate release

Last chance to Nominate in New Zealander of the Year Awards

There are only 3 days left to get nominations in for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2012. Nominations close this Friday 14th October and members of the public are being encouraged to give a Kiwi that inspires them the chance for recognition and reward.

The New Zealander of the Year Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to thank those people in our wider community for their tireless efforts, inspiration and encouragement or just simply for being them.

There is an award category for every Kiwi young and old whoever they are, wherever they are and whatever they're doing.

There are five award categories;

* Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year * Countdown Senior New Zealander of the Year * Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year * Mitre 10 Community of the Year * Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.

The New Zealander of the Year Award winner will be selected for his or her major contribution to our nation.

They will have also have shown an ability to inspire us all through achievement and outstanding service to the country and its people.

The Senior New Zealander of the Year Award is open to anyone aged over 60, and will celebrate an amazing ongoing contribution, while the Young New Zealander of the Year will be aged between 15 and 30, and will have already made a positive impact on the nation.

The Local Heroes Awards will recognise outstanding contributions to communities and their people while the Community of the Year Award acknowledges groups and organisations working together to build better communities.

Awards National Manager Emma Mcdonald says "the nominations we have received so far demonstrates that there are exceptional people in our country known and unknown who are inspiring leaders or simply making a difference to their community. We urge people to make the most of this opportunity to nominate an individual or group that epitomises all that is good about New Zealand."

The winners will each receive a hand crafted trophy and $5,000 cash courtesy of Kiwibank. All nominees will receive a certificate of achievement or encouragement in recognition of their contribution.

Nominations close on 14th October and nomination forms are available online at www.nzawards.org.nz , www.facebook.com/ newzealanderoftheyear or phone toll free 0508 692 927.

ENDS

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