Pride of NZ: Bay five in final contention

By Greg Taipari

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Waipawa's Mike Harrison is one of five Hawke's Bay finalists in this year's Pride of New Zealand awards. Photo/File
Waipawa's Mike Harrison is one of five Hawke's Bay finalists in this year's Pride of New Zealand awards. Photo/File

Waipawa's Mike Harrison and Mahia's Kathleen Mato have made the finals of this year's inaugural Pride of New Zealand Awards.

They join fellow Hawke's Bay finalists; Wade Kelly (Hastings), the Swannell Family (Napier) and Hai Tong Too (Napier).

The awards were created to recognise the efforts of everyday Kiwis who make a difference in their communities.

The awards are a joint venture with The Hits radio station and TSB Bank, supported by the New Zealand Herald and APN regional newspapers.

The six categories recognise bravery and heroism, community spirit, lifetime achievement, emergency services, top fundraisers and those making a difference for the environment.

Mr Harrison was nominated for the emergency services category and Ms Mato's nomination was for the environment.

Eighty-two finalists have been selected. Winners in their categories will be named at functions in the first week of August and go on to the national final on September 10.

For more information, visit prideofnzawards.co.nz.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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