Napier man Pat Magill is a finalist in the 2012 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards for more than 30 years of service to his community.

Mr Magill has been working since the 1980s in a wide range of community endeavours and was today announced a finalist in the Senior New Zealander of the Year category.

He was part of a group that invited several academics to study and make recommendations to develop and expand the community sector in Napier, that led to the development of Citizens Advice and 200 Neighbourhood Support groups around the city.

Mr Magill also set up the Napier Pilot City Trust and has worked tirelessly for it during the past 30 years.


He has led or assisted the organisation of events such as Unity Week celebration, Unity Walk, Pilot City Awards, Robson Lecture, Treaty of Waitangi workshops, community seminars, court support and children's holiday programmes.

Three other Hawke's Bay people were named as semifinalists.

Heather Te Au-Skipworth of Hastings was named as a Local Heroes Medal recipient for organising, co-ordinating and managing the running of the annual Iron Maori Half Ironman.

Henare O'Keefe, of Flaxmere, was a Local Hero and New Zealander of the Year semifinalist for his work in combating family violence and mentoring youth.

Hastings man Neil Hatcher was a Senior New Zealander of the Year semifinalist for his dedication to the Flaxmere Age Concern group.

The winners will be announced on February 16. A profile of Mr Magill will run in tomorrow's paper.