Mayor Launches Hunt for the Heroes Among Us

13 July 2009

The hunt is on for Wellington's real-life heroes.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast has launched the fifth Safety in the City awards, which seek to recognise Wellingtonians who have helped keep our city safe.

Mayor Prendergast said, "We'd like the community to help us identify deserving recipients – people who have shown amazing bravery in a particular situation, or who have worked tirelessly, often with little recognition, to keep Wellington and Wellingtonians safe.

"We are asking the emergency services and other organisations for nominations but we'd like to ask the wider community too so we can unearth even more great stories.

"It doesn't have to be a dramatic act of bravery. It may be that an individual or group has worked quietly for years to improve safety in Wellington.

"Safety is an important community issue and we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves safe, and in maintaining our prestigious WHO Safe Community status."

The stories typically relate to crime and disorder, home violence, property and personal safety.

The Safety in the City Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Council Chamber on Wednesday 23 September.

Last year's winners included MP Ron Mark and Chris Tracey, who helped a badly injured man after a road crash; Peter Moore, who saved members of his family from a house fire; Wendy Kale for her work protecting a vandal-hit part of the Town Belt; and three local Community Patrols.

For nominations we need to know:

  • Name, address (if known) and contact details of person or organisation
  • Description of what they did or do
  • Short biography

Please also provide your name, address and contact details with your nomination.

Send your nominations to Emma Titcombe, City Safety Advisor on emma.titcombe@wcc.govt.nz or PO Box 2199, Wellington – you can call Emma on (04) 499 4444 for more information.