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20 August 2019

Nominate your community heroes

Nominations are now open for the 2020 New Zealander of the Year Awards, and that includes the Mitre 10 Community of the Year category.

This special award recognises regional or national community groups and organisations for their achievements and contribution to their communities. The groups share a strong sense of community spirit and play a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, cultural or environmental prosperity of their region. 

Do you know a group or organisation that sounds just like that? Then get onto nominating them for the Mitre 10 Community of the Year Award before 16 September 2019.

Last year’s winner was Pillars. Pillars is currently the only New Zealand charity dedicated to supporting children of prisoners with a mentoring programme together with a wrap-around family/whanau support programme for their parent/caregiver.

Founded 30 years ago by Verna McFelin after she saw the impact on her own children when their father went to prison, Pillars is dedicated to supporting the 23,000 children who have a parent in prison in New Zealand and who are among the most vulnerable children in New Zealand.

“Last year we had 200 volunteers give 22,000 hours of mentoring to children and their whanau. But we need more volunteers and more funding to continue and grow this work. Without the right support, the children of prisoners are over nine times more likely than other kiwi kids to end up in prison as adults, and that’s something we can make a real difference to together,” says McFelin.

Mitre 10 Acting Chief Executive Matthew Washington says “Mitre 10 is proud to support the Community of the Year award. Our locally owned stores across the country see first-hand the impact these groups have and are proud to pitch in alongside them to see our communities grow and prosper.”

Past winners of the Community of the Year Award are: Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust, Randwick Park, Community Fruit Harvest, the town of Paihia, Victim Support, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ, the town of Paeroa, Gibbston Community Association of Central Otago and the Victory Village.

Click here to find out more about the awards and how to nominate.