Appeal Goes out for City Safety Heroes

1 July 2010

Wellington City Council is on the hunt for some local heroes.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast has called for nominations for Wellington's sixth Safety in the City awards, which seek to recognise people who have helped keep our city safe.

"We sometimes hear amazing tales of courage and dedication from ordinary people who do the most extraordinary things to protect and help others. But we know there are also plenty of people whose efforts aren't so widely recognised," she said.

"We'd like the community to tell us about deserving recipients - people who have shown bravery or initiative in a particular situation or who have worked tirelessly, sometimes for years, 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."

Those stories typically relate to crime and disorder, accidents and personal or community safety. Nominees should be residents of Wellington city or people whose actions have contributed to safety in the city.

Last year's winners included:

  • a teenage Wellington surf lifesaver who rescued a young boy from the sea in the Bay of Plenty
  • a young mum who prevented the abduction of a child
  • a man who dived off a boat into the harbour to rescue a man at risk of being crushed by the vessel
  • health workers on the swine flu frontline.

The Safety in the City Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Council Chamber, Wellington Town Hall, on Thursday 30 September.

Send your nominations by 31 July to Emma Titcombe, City Safety Advisor, at emma.titcombe@wcc.govt.nz  or PO Box 2199, Wellington - or call Emma on (04) 803 8200 for more information.

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

Provide your own name, address and contact details with your nomination.