May 01, 2014
Thursday, April 24 2014
Press Release: Embargoed until 9am, Friday 25 April
TSB Bank key partner for inaugural Pride of New Zealand Awards, recognizing unsung Kiwi heroes across the nation.
TSB Bank has been confirmed as a major partner of the inaugural 2014 Pride of New Zealand Awards to be launched nation-wide in early May.
TSB Bank will work alongside The New Zealand Herald and The Hits (previously Classic Hits) in recognising the efforts of everyday Kiwis who each year make a real difference in their communities. APN’s regional and community news titles will also support the awards.
The Pride of New Zealand Awards were announced at the Herald’s 150th birthday celebrations last year as an opportunity for the Herald and its partners to give something back to New Zealand.
“The people who make the most positive, uplifting and inspiring contributions in the community do so selflessly, and many of the most outstanding efforts go unheralded,” APN CEO Martin Simons said at the time.
“We want to change that and recognise everyday people doing extraordinary things.”
Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of TSB Bank said the partnership was a natural fit for the bank, which has been 100% New Zealand owned and independent since 1850.
“The opportunity to partner on this new event is an exciting step for us. TSB Bank has been putting the needs and interests of New Zealanders first for over 160 years, so we’re very proud to be part of an initiative which recognizes and rewards those ‘unsung heroes’ who are doing the very same in our local communities.”
Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia has today been announced as the first of several judges on an all-star panel. Tutaia says "It's a privilege to be involved, and to help celebrate New Zealanders who are doing amazing things out of the limelight. I'm really looking forward to hearing about their inspiring, uplifting work."
When the national campaign to recognize NZ heroes launches in May, the public will be called upon to nominate those deserving of recognition in the following categories:
• Bravery/Heroism Award – recognising those who have selflessly disregarded their own safety in order to help or save the life of another person or persons.
• Community Spirit Award – recognising those whose selfless, tireless and largely unacknowledged actions have enriched the lives of those in their community.
• Fundraiser of the Year Award – recognising those who have gone beyond all expectations to raise money for a good cause, however large or small the amount.
• Emergency Services Award – recognising those professional or volunteer emergency service members who have gone beyond the call of duty to protect their community.
• Environmental Award – recognising those who have positively impacted the environment, making a difference to the wider community.
• Lifetime Achievement – recognising those whose ongoing commitment to their cause has enriched the lives of others, making New Zealand a better place to live.
Four regional award ceremonies will take place in August, with the winners of these becoming finalists for the national award ceremony in September.
The awards will be judged by a panel of prominent Kiwis and the public will also be given an opportunity to have their say in the TSB Bank People’s Choice Award, recognizing the most popular of the deserving National finalists.
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